There are two primary branches of Buddhism, Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism. Each follow the same teachings of the Buddha however the primary difference between the two lies in who may achieve enlightenment.
In Theravada Buddhism, the oldest and more conservative of the branches, only monks may achieve this state of being. If you are familiar with the wonderful teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, then you are familiar with Theravada Buddhism.
Whereas in Mahayana Buddhism, any sentient being who follows the bodhisattva path may achieve awakening for the benefit of all. If you are familiar with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche then you are familiar with Mahayana Buddhism. We follow Mahayana Buddhism.
Mindfulness originated with the Buddha over 2,500 years ago. And it is through the Buddhas teachings, as well as other highly regarded Buddhist teachers, that we offer this wisdom, kindness, compassion, and knowledge. Mindfulness is described many different ways with one of the more popular definitions as the non-judgmental awareness of us and our surroundings. And this is absolutely true.
I like to think it is about connecting with the world (and universe) through the realization that all living beings are connected. There is no separation. Therefor it is the letting go of concepts, ideas, and notions that bind us to where we are to where we want to be - living a more harmonious and balanced life.
Vladimir began his mindfulness journey many years ago prior to founding the Blue Lotus Meditation and Mindfulness Center.
Over the course of the years, he has garnered both a national and international following as he continues to promote the teachings of the Dharma with compassion, lovingkindness, and sincerity.
His philosophy of living and teaching is warmly aligned with those of the Buddha from over 2,500 years ago.
Vladimir sincerely believes through a balanced life of mindfulness and meditation we can develop the compassion, loving kindness, and wisdom within and then to share this with those around us.