Born in 1946 in London, Stephen was closely involved in the 1960’s culture, studied at Oxford University and obtained a Ph.D. in medical research. He has published 14 books in the field of complementary medicine. He has been practicing largely within the Theravada Buddhist framework since 1976 together with long-term inspiration from Dzogchen and Advaita teachings. He has been teaching intensively for 25 years, mostly in Israel, with at least 15 retreats a year, plus annual courses and classes.

Stephen has been guiding Israeli dharma teachers and instructors as the founder and senior teacher of the Israel Insight Society which currently teaches around 2000 practitioners annually in 45 retreats and courses throughout the country. He runs national programs of practice in prisons, in-home visits to cancer patients, and in peace-making activities.

His new book, ‘What’s Beyond Mindfulness: Waking Up to This Precious Life’ is a deep exploration of the way the practical teachings of the dharma can help us deeply with ordinary daily life situations and yet take us all the way to awakening. It was the number 1 bestseller in the category of instructional books in Israel for 18 weeks.,