Frits Koster is an experienced meditation instructor and qualified mindfulness teacher. He was a Buddhist monk for six frits-koster-2016years and during this period he studied Buddhist psychology at various monasteries in South East Asia. He has written several books on this subject, some of which have been translated into English. He has studied to become an MBSR/MBCT teacher at the Institute for Mindfulness (IvM) in the Netherlands and is affiliated as a trainer at various training institutes across Europe. With his wife he has set up a private practice from which he organises retreats and training in mindfulness and compassion.

As a trainer and author he collaborates closely with psychiatrist/psychotherapist Erik van den Brink, with whom he developed a follow-up programme for participants who have already followed a mindfulness-based training (e.g. MBSR or MBCT).  This programme is called Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL). Frits and Erik teach a Teacher Training Programme on MBCL throughout Europe. Together they wrote ‘Compassievol leven’ (Boom, the Netherlands, 2012) and the helpbook ‘Compassie in je leven’ (Boom, the Netherlands, 2015). Their first book is published in German (‘Mitfühlend leben’, Kösel, 2013) and in English (‘Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living’, Routledge, 2015). It will be published in Spanish and in Korean in Autumn 2017. Their second book will be published in English (‘The Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living Workbook’, Routledge) in Spring 2018. Klik here for more information.