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Rob Nairn

robRob Nairn is the representative in Africa for The Venerable Dr Akong Rinpoche with responsibility for eleven Buddhist centres in four African countries. His objective is to teach meditation and Tibetan Buddhism to all interested, as well as at graduate and undergraduate level in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Africa and the United States through universities and Dharma Centres. His unique mix of training and experience in law and psychology as well as having been instructed by eminent meditation teachers enables him to explain traditional Buddhist concepts from a Western psychological perspective.

From the early 60s, Rob studied Buddhist philosophy and psychology, and developed an understanding of meditation under teachers in India, England, Africa and Scotland, including, Joseph Goldstein, The Ven Chao Khun Sobhana, Dhammasuddhi from Thailand and Ayya Khema. His main Buddhist studies began in 1975 at Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland where his teachers included The Khentin Tai Situpa, The Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche, Dr Akong Tulku Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, Lama Ganga and Ken Holmes. These years of study covered many aspects of Buddhist history, philosophy, psychology and logic, while in later years the emphasis was on Mahamudra teachings and meditation practice. 

Rob then went on to complete the classical four-year cloistered retreat (1989-1993) at Samye Ling under the guidance and tutelage of lamas, where he learned and practised ancient Tibetan methods of meditation within the Mahamudra tradition of the Karma Kagyu Lineage.

Rob visits Kagyu Samye Dzong London anually, and is presently leading the one year Mindfulness Course, in conjunction with the Mindfulness Association and the MSC in Mindfulness, in conjunction with Aberdeen University. 


Tranquil Mind - An introduction to Buddhism and Meditation. Kairon Press, 1993. Now in 10th anni--versary edition, and available in English, Afrikaans, German, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Dutch and Portuguese. Published by Shambhala USA as "What is Meditation? Buddhism for Everyone" (1999)

 Diamond Mind - Psychology of Meditation. Kairon Press 1998 (Now published by Shambhala). Described by Shambhala as 'the most user-friendly book on Buddhist psychology to date'. Also available in Italian, German and Dutch.

 Living Dreaming Dying - Wisdom of Tibetan Psychology. Kairon Press October 2002.

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