About the Phuket Meditation Center
Tobi and Parn
The Dharana Meditation and Retreat Center has been around on Phuket Island sine October 2009. We are the founders, Tobi Warzinek and my wife Parn Sakda. The idea to open a meditation Center in Phuket came to me spontaneously while we were on a Meditation Retreat together. Prior to our journey together in Thailand, I have been studying Tibetan Buddhism in a Temple in Switzerland (Rabten Chöling) for 7 years. I started my studies in 2002 and introduced Parn to the practice in the year 2009 when we both moved together. Parn has since been organizing Retreats, Workshops and Events and worked tirelessly to ensure that our guests were all comfortable and well taken care of. Parn is practicing Meditation, Yoga and is passionate about Lifecoaching. Tobi and Parn are also known as "The Brain and the Heart" of the Phuket Meditation Center. The heart doesn't beat without the brain and the brain doesn't work without the heart.
About the Meditation Teacher
The background and personal practice of our teacher Tobi Warzinek is within two Buddhist lineages; Tibetan Mahayana and Thai Theravada Buddhist traditions. Tobi has studied and practiced Buddhist Meditation since the year 2002 both in temples and at home. He and his wife Parn founded the Phuket Meditation Center in 2009. Tobi focuses on the mechanics of mind-training and his instructions are known for being practical and down to earth. Being simple and profound at the same time, his teachings have helped numerous people find more happiness and inner peace in their life.
He entered the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery of Rabten Choeling in Switzerland at the age of eighteen. His studies encompassed the Tibetan language, philosophy and dialectic as well as the practice of Meditation. He could stay at the monastery as a lay student (Upasakha) until February 2009. He studied and practiced under the guidance of ven. Gonsar Rinpoche and other resident teachers. He and his wife Parn Sakda founded the Phuket Meditation Center on Phuket Island in August 2009. After having studied in the Tibetan Buddhist Gelugpa Tradition for about 9 years, he met with his teacher Adam Mizner in 2011 and practiced Meditation under his guidance within the lineage of the Thai Forest Tradition ever since.
Tobi is known for his highly practical approach to mind training and meditation. He successfully organized workshops and retreats in various locations around the world since 2010 and currently resides on Phuket Island in Thailand. He works as the spiritual director and teacher at the Phuket Meditation Center.
Why We Get Up Each Morning
It is our mission to introduce people to the practice of honest and authentic mind-training techniques. By understanding the mind and it's functions directly and deeply, we can actually learn to let go of suffering and unnecessary pain. Those who practice meditation regularly and sincerely develop the skills of attention and presence. Both of these qualities are desperately needed in our societies. They help us to connect with each other, nourish kindness and understanding and help us to be in charge of our experience of life. A person that is able to free the world from their own pain and misery becomes a true source of healing. It is our mission to offer the gift of presence, kindness and wakefulness to this world.
The Name "Dharana" and Our Logo
What Does It Mean?
"Dharana" is an old Sanskrit word pointing to a mind that is single pointed and unwavering. Such an undistracted state of mind allows us to truly see ourselves and this world in a clear and direct way. It gives way to a deeper discernment, transcending word and concept. The benefit of such insight is that it leads to the end of all fabricated misery, all pain that exists within ones own mind. It is this non-distraction that we are pointing to in our practice. We are pointing to awareness resting within itself in a non-distracted way. In a more simple way we can say that "Dharana" points to a single pointed and sincere practice without any fuzzy or mystical add-ons. It has to work - here and now!
Our drop like Logo illustrates this. There's the red dot in the center. It stands for right mindfulness. Once we have established right mindfulness, this becomes our core practice. Coming back to what is true and real liberates us from the cyclic repetition of old and harmful thought-patterns. This is illustrated by the white cycle around the red dot. It opens and turns into a sharp tip instead of fully surrounding the central dot. The tip shows that right practice leads to a clear and empty mind, sharp and ready to work with whatever arises. Discovering and relaxing into this luminous knowing quality of the mind is what our practice actually points to.