Meet Han de Wit

Dr. Han F. de Wit (1944) received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Amsterdam in 1977.

On a honorary Fulbright scholarship he worked as a research fellow in 1976 at the University of California (Berkeley). In 1983/84 he was connected to the Naropa University (then Naropa Institute) as a visiting scholar. There he began to study the psychological insights and theories that can be found in the contemplative traditions of the world religion themselves, which brought him international acclaim as the founder of a new branch of psychology, called contemplative psychology. In1985, at the department of Theoretical Psychology of the Free University in Amsterdam, he continued his research and presentation of the insights and methods of this psychology in a form that enables a dialogue with contemporary psychology and psychotherapy.

Trained and authorized as a Buddhist teacher by Chögyam Trungpa, one of the founders of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, Han is well known for his accessible and playful way of presenting spirituality and Buddhism in our culture and time. He gives workshops and seminars in Europe is also involved through his writings in the dialogue of Buddhism with western psychology, philosophy and religion.

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