Already a popular and energetic teacher, Bernat met the dharma at a very young age, and has practiced in Europe, India and Myanmar, gradually putting aside his artistic career as a jazz pianist.

His first retreats with Martine and Stephen Batchelor, as well as that with Sayadaw U Tejaniya, had a big influence on him and he went on to be mentored by Stephen during our dharma teacher training course which he completed in 2022.

Bernat holds a PhD in Buddhist Studies. He founded the dharma organisation ‘Espai Sati’ in Barcelona, serves the LGBTQIA+ community, and teaches in English, Catalan and Spanish.

Tranquillity, human connection and music are things that bring him joy, and his most notable passage from the early Buddhist texts is:

‘When the mind is joyful, the body calms down. When the body is calm, one feels comfort. And when one is comfortable, the mind becomes collected.’

Bernat will be leading our new online course starting on 7th May- Feeling Your Way to Liberation.

Other courses he’ll be teaching on this year include our in-person retreat ‘Emptiness, Not-Self and Identity’, in August and as well as an ‘Introduction to Secular Dharma’ alongside Martine Batchelor in October.

As part of our daily practice section we asked Bernat about his daily practice. Here is what he responded:

“I usually sit in the mornings. I set insight timer for half an hour, and then I may stay a bit longer if I feel like it. At this particular point on my path, I’m finding it beneficial to be quite free with how I practise formally. Rather than sticking to a specific meditation style, I let the first couple of minutes of my sitting tell me what is needed, but it’s generally mindfulness of breathing, finding ease in the present, or contemplation of mind, with specific emphasis depending on the day. About twice a week I change the water on my altar, light a candle and incense, and formulate some aspirations, remind myself of a passage I like from the texts, or something like this. Outside of the cushion, at this point in my life I mainly practise patience: with my own processes, with life, with all its uncertainty and unpredictability.”