1. Rinpoche Kim Katami, Founder and Senior Teacher
2. Lama Karl Eikrem, Junior Teacher
3. Lama Ville Raisanen, Junior Teacher
4. Lama Tiina Malinen, Junior Teacher
In Pemako Buddhism, junior teachers who have less than a decade of active teaching experience, are called with the title ”lama”. Senior teachers, who have taught for a decade or more are adressed with the title ”rinpoche”.
1. Rinpoche Kim Katami
I started practicing prayer and meditation on my own, without anyone teaching me, when I was 3-4 years old. In 1986, when I was 7 years old, I received my first meditation instructions from my judo teacher. I kept practicing almost every day for about 6 years. Learning meditation and Asian arts at an early age, set the direction for the rest of my life.
As a teenager I trained in music, while joining guided meditations every now and then. After I ended my music career, I took up zen buddhist meditation. From the first day of practice, I started sitting 8 hours or more every day, and kept this routine for 8½ years, until 2011. I received training from notable zen teachers, mostly in Japan, but also learned tantric practices from various teachers. Learning healing and zen art also has an important place in my life. Eventually I was asked to teach by my teachers.
Since I was a child, I have had mystical experiences. I grew up with them so I don't consider them any special but rather see them as a natural part of my life. Later I received in-depth training in them from my tantric teachers.
At the same time, I grew up with craftsmen, and learned to use common sense. I trained professionally in music, management and engineering that taught me how to make sense of things and how to be practical.
I have been a full time teacher since 2008. I am a father of two wonderful children.
Pemako Buddhism head teacher and founder, Kim Katami, has been a member of Association of Professional Spiritual Teachers since 2018.
2. Lama Karl Eikrem
I am a yogi who has been fortunate enough to find the authentic dharma in this life.
Born in 1989, I grew up in a costal town in Northern Norway. In my early teens I discovered alcohol and by the age of 18 I was already drinking heavily, eventually getting into to other drugs as well. It was all fun and games until a psychedelic trip in my early twenties left my ego and world view broken and bruised.
As a result of this I started studying philosophy and practicing yoga and meditation. I spent the following years exploring several traditions; Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Daoist and Buddhist, while at the same time suffering from alternating periods of depression and mania. After finishing my university studies, my existential suffering led me to spontaneously uproot and hitchhike alone around Europe for three months during which I experienced a mental-emotional break down.
Despite having already had several glimpses of pure awareness, as well as visitations from various non-physical mahasiddhas, it was in the aftermath of this breakdown, while staying in isolation on a farm in Germany that I truly saw the importance of consistent spiritual practice. Thus I went back home and deepened my efforts on my own until I finally found my heart teacher Kim Katami and my root guru Guru Rinpoche, with whom I have studied extensively with ever since.
I am here to share with others what has been given to me.
3. Lama Ville Raisanen
I was born in 1978 and had a great childhood. Problems started to arise after teenage years. Through some shocking events I realized that people suffer. My mind became habituated in negative thinking and I started to feel depressed. Growing anger inside me turned against others and the society. Then slowly I started to realize that it is my own mind that caused it and kept me in the dark.
I sat in meditation for the first time in 2004. It gave me an instant flash of relief from negativity. I recognized that this is what I was looking for. I started to meditate daily on my own, read books about Buddhism and yoga. I basically tried out everything I could get my hands on. Then I met my teacher Kim Katami in 2007. He trained me first in Zen Buddhist meditation, then Shaiva Tantra and now I study Vajrayana Buddhism with him.
I´ve been practicing meditation regularly for over 15 years. I have also done some hatha yoga, astanga yoga, aikido and yiquan. Through practice my experience of life has become totally different. I am very fortunate to have found a real teacher and authentic mahasiddha lineage who´s knowledge of mind training is so profound and vast. My sincere hope is to share with others the antidote for existential confusion and suffering that I have been given.
I also study philosophy and psychology at the University of Tampere. My interests are in philosophy of mind, meditation and psychedelic studies.
4. Lama Tiina Malinen
I am a female entrepreneur from Helsinki Finland. I came up with a sudden interest towards spirituality in 2015, which made me interested in buddhist dharma. I started looking for answers to people's suffering, including my own.
I woke up with Two Part-Formula in January 2017 and started practicing Pemako Buddhism regularly. Pretty quickly I started to get experiences of a very pure state of mind, or the natural state, as it is commonly known. I reached the opening of 11th bhumi in July 2019. These experiences have helped me with processing my past traumas and fears but also helped me to open up to life. Now, I feel freer in my own personality and I'm willing to help others to experience the true nature of human beings.
Since my spiritual awakening I started slowing down my hectic work schedule and creating more space for mental well-being. I became a Meditation- and Relaxation Instructor in 2019 and will graduate as a Master Mindfulness Instructor late 2020. I still practice my profession and teach in the side. Spiritual practises have greatly opened my creativity and I am deeply grateful to have found Pemako-teachings that give my life a profound meaning.