Frits Koster


Frits Koster (1957) began practising insight meditation in 1979. He ordained as a Buddhist monk for six years, practising vipassana meditation and studying Buddhist scriptures in meditation centres and monasteries in Thailand and Burma. In 1988 he returned to the Netherlands, where he has been facilitating meditation retreats ever since. He disrobed, and now works part-time in psychiatric health care, as well as offering courses in Buddhist psychology and philosophy.

Frits has written several books. Three of these books have been translated into English: Liberating Insight (2004), Buddhist Meditation as Stress Management (2006) and The Web of Buddhist Wisdom (2015). These books are published by Silkwormbooks; see for more information.

Frits is a teacher and trainer in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). As a trainer he is connected to mindfulness Teacher Training Institutes throughout Europe.

In 2015 Frits followed a Teacher Training (with Florence Meleo-Meyer & Phillis Hicks) and developed as an Interpersonal Mindfulness Program (IMP) teacher.

Together with psychiatrist Erik van den Brink he developed a follow-up programme for participants who have already followed a course in MBSR/MBCT. This programme is called Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL), which is taught throughout the world. Together they wrote Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (Routledge, 2015) and A Practical Guide to Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (Routledge, 2018). These books have been published in various languages.

With his partner Jetty Heynekamp he leads retreats in the Netherlands and abroad. Together they have written a book (in Dutch language) on the process of going on retreat; it is being translated into English. Together with Victoria Norton, they have edited Mindful Communication (Routledge, 2023), which describes six valuable mindfulness-based communication programmes.

With Zohair Elabd, who developed a mindfulness-based deepening course with many elements of the commmunication programmes from this book, he developed a Deepening Mindfulness & Mindful Communication teacher training programme, which is being taught internationally since 2022.

With Joyce Cordus, Frits has developed a training programme on forgiveness called Mindfulness-Based Training in Forgiveness (MBTF). See for more information.

Click here for the new international website about the Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) compassion training developed by Frits Koster and Erik van den Brink

Click below for more information about Mindful Communication. Speaking and Listening with Wisdom and Compassion by Frits Koster, Jetty Heynekamp and Victoria Norton (editors)

Mindful Communication

Speaking and Listening with Wisdom and Compassion.
Routledge, UK, 2023

Web of Buddhist Wisdom, The: Introduction to the Psychology of the Abhidhamma

Long before people in the West started to study the workings of the human mind, Buddhism was trying to understand body and mind through introspection and meditation. This knowledge has grown to be a very thorough and detailed classification and analysis of mental and physical phenomena. This refined study is known as the Abhidhamma (literally: ‘Higher Teachings’). In Southeast Asia students normally spend more than seven years studying these teachings.

Liberating Insight: Introduction to Buddhist Psychology and Insight Meditation

Living with Heart: - A step-by-step guide to for those who wishen to deepen their mindfulness skills with compassion.
Routledge, UK, 2018

A Practical Guide to Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living

Living with Heart: - A step-by-step guide to for those who wishen to deepen their mindfulness skills with compassion.
Routledge, UK, 2018

Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living

A new Training Programme to deepen Mindfulness with Heartfulness. Routledge, UK, 2015.