Martin Aylward: Founder of Le Moulin Meditation Centre
After strong intimations of the spiritual as a teenager, Martin Aylward traveled to India aged 19 to explore meditation. He spent most of the next 5 years in monasteries, ashrams and meditation centres in India and Thailand, including two years in a hermitage in the Himalayas with one of his teachers. As well as having the good fortune to learn from and practice with many different teachers, both Asian and western, Martin has spent much time in solitude with his real guru - Nature, and his teaching often emphasizes contact with Nature as a resource for Awakening.
Returning to Europe, in 1995 he co-founded with his wife Gail, the Tapovan Dharma Community in the French Pyrenees. Gradually, the number of visitors increased beyond the capacity of the place, and in 2005 - 10 years after opening - they relocated to Le Moulin, a former Zen monastery in the Dordogne, South West France, where Martin and Gail continue to live with their two children. In addition to guiding Dharma practice at Le Moulin as resident teacher, Martin has been invited to teach Dharma around the world since 1999.
His approach draws on extensive practice in the Buddhist Theravada tradition, as well as the influence of Non-dual teachings and the Diamond Approach. Martin’s teaching encourages and inspires a spiritual practice that both integrates meditation and daily activity, and brings awakening to our True Nature into the heart of our personal lives.