He initially trained as the main assistant to the Balinese meditation teacher and healer Merta Ada, and helped him set up his hugely successful meditation school in Indonesia. The healing meditation practices he learned during this period, heavily influence Burgs’ teaching practice, which have a strong emphasis on the application of meditation in the maintenance and cultivation of physical and mental health.
While learning from Merta Ada, he also trained in Chi Kung with a number of revered Taoist masters in Asia, and today integrates many of these practices into his teaching system.
Burgs then went onto learn meditation from the Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw in Myanmar. Here he learned the systematic teachings of the Buddha as expounded in the mediation manual, The Vissudhimagga.
He was personally tutored by the Sayadaw, and became the first Westerner to complete the entire series of forty samatha ( serenity) meditation practices as described by the Buddha. He showed particular talent with the higher states of samadhi know as the Jhanas and mastered these practices under the Sayadaw’s guidence.
During this time he practiced both as a lay Yogi and as a monk, and after disrobing as in Burma, he travelled to North India where he spend time practicing under the guidance of the Tibetan Light Master, His Holiness Dodrupchen Rinpoche, who recognised his meditative abilities and gave him the precious Direct Dzogchen Mind Transmission teachings. When he finished his practice there Dodrupchen Rinpoche encouraged him to return to his own country and start teaching for the benefit of others. Since then, Burgs has been teaching both meditation and chi kung in and around the UK and around the world.
Burgs has a deep understanding in the the broad field of meditation and energetic cultivation, and has a profound appreciation of how different spiritual practices and traditions fit together as a whole.
By clearly explaining the relationship between the body and the mind and all of their various functions, coupled with the ability to teach them with such ease and lightness, Burgs translates profound ancient knowledge and teachings into approachable and understandable language. His deep understanding and experience of the highest level of meditation and his ability to transmit the heart essence of these practices with lightness and sincerity make him an extremely accessible teacher.
It is a rare opportunity to find a person who has trained in these spiritual practices (which can be difficult and time consuming to fathom), and make them available to us as lay people within the context of our daily lives.
It is rarer still to find someone that can deliver such teachings and practices whilst providing us the energetic support we need to progress on our path.
Burgs is a rare and gifted meditation teacher, who over the years has helped countless people, from complete beginners to monks and nuns and yogis progress with meditation.
A more detailed account of how Burgs came to meditation and began to teach in England, is available in his book “Beyond the Veil”.
You can click here to view the testimonies of people from past retreats with Burgs.