Learn meditation online for stress reduction, health or pain management based on Zen Buddhism and mindfulness – with Dr. Pressel

Learn meditation – types of meditation

There are many different types of meditation, all of which have in common that they focus attention and thereby calm the mind. In Asia in particular, there are numerous traditions of meditative techniques that are partly based on religious ideas. The principle of mindfulness meditation has been used for decades in the treatment of diseases, especially for stress and pain management, this can also be referred to as “medical mindfulness”.

Mindfulness means being aware of what is happening in every moment. In contrast, there are many meditation techniques that focus on a single meditation object (a syllable like the mantra “om” or an image). The disadvantage of these techniques compared to mindfulness meditation is that the positive effects of improved concentration are much more difficult to transfer to everyday life. In mindfulness meditation, no perceptions are excluded (broad focus meditation). That is why you can also work with emotions, pain or other perceptions. However, there are also objects of meditation in mindfulness meditation, so there are overlaps. One’s own body is usually used as the meditation object, not external objects.

A pioneer in the medical application of mindfulness is Jon Kabat-Zinn, who has developed a corresponding meditation program since the 1970s at University of Massachusetts Medical School. He learned meditation techniques in various Buddhist monasteries in Asia and applied the principles of meditation to medicine. He has also written numerous books on this.

With me you can learn meditation techniques that are used for stress and pain reduction, health and well-being. In fact, you can learn to change your life by yourself.

The effect on a wide variety of problem areas such as stress, pain, negative emotions, etc. has been well documented for decades. While the practice has no religious purpose, it draws on techniques and centuries-old experiences of Japanese Rinzai Zen (a tradition of Zen Buddhism in Japan). Zen Master Julian Daizan Skinner (Zenways) created the teaching program along with the International Mindfulness Teachers Association to let as many people as possible experience the healing effects of meditation without having to follow a specific religious direction. If you want, you can expand your practice and practice Zen meditation.

Learn meditation online – why should you book a course here? What makes us different from other providers?

Many institutions offer meditation courses. Most of them are religiously or spiritually oriented providers who come from Yoga or Buddhism. It is often difficult to identify which qualifications have been acquired. In many cases, a spiritual, esoteric or psychological attitude is mixed with meditation techniques. This is well suited for people interested in esoterism, but those who are looking for practical support without being taught too much religious or other ideological content will be put off by such offers.

Our courses are for people who want to learn meditation for a very practical support in life such as more peace, lowering blood pressure or support with pain, without having to delve into an esoteric edifice of thought. Since, as a specialist in orthopedics, I have a lot to do with pain treatment in my daily work, elements for pain management are also included in the courses. Anyone who is interested in the basics of Zen meditation is also in good hands with us. An interest in Buddhism is not necessary for the courses, but it doesn’t hurt either.

I mainly offer online meditation courses using the video conferencing solution Zoom. Some courses also take place on site in Bingen am Rhein (Mainz-Bingen), Germany for a limited number of participants.

For whom are our courses not suitable?

The courses are not suitable for the treatment of mental illnesses. Before starting a course, you must sign that you do not suffer from any mental disorders that require treatment or that your therapist believes that meditation techniques can be used safely. The courses are also not suitable for advanced Zen meditation as I am not qualified as a Zen master.

Want to learn meditation?

Just email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so I can offer you an online information session. You can find more information about me on the meditation teacher page. Thank you for your interest!

Depending on availability, you will also find information about courses, dates and costs on our events page.