Frits Koster

frits-koster-2016Frits Koster (1957) began practising insight meditation 37 years ago. He ordained as a Buddhist monk for six years, practising vipassana meditation and studying Buddhist scriptures in meditation centres and monasteries in Thailand and Burma. In 1988 he returned to the Netherlands, where he has been facilitating meditation retreats ever since. He disrobed, and now works part-time in psychiatric health care, as well as offering courses in Buddhist psychology and philosophy.

Frits has written several books. Three of these books have been translated into English, namely Liberating Insight (2004), Buddhist Meditation as Stress Management (2006) and The Web of Buddhist Wisdom. These books are published by Silkwormbooks; see for more information.

Frits is a trainer in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). As a teacher he is connected to MBSR Training Institutes in the Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland.

Together with psychiatrist Erik van den Brink he developed a follow-up programme for participants who have already followed a course in MBSR/MBCT. This programme is called Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) programme. Frits and Erik teach a Teacher Training Programme on MBCL throughout Europe. Together they wrote Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (Routledge, 2015).