Doris Eckstein was born in Lausanne in 1965. After working as an electrical engineer for a number of years, she changed over to study psychology. From 2000 until 2016 she explored human consciousness and memory at research institutes in Switzerland and in England. In 2006 she encountered the Buddhist way of heart-and-mind training and has since then done many long retreats in Vipassana. Her main teachers are Fred von Allmen, Akincano and Joseph Goldstein. Her meditation practice was also influenced strongly by a small booklet with discourses by Ajahn Chah, called ‘A taste of freedom‘, which happened to fall into her lap accidentally in 2010. She is an active member of the Vipassana meditation group in Bern, and since September 2017 she is working as the secretary at Dhammapala Monastery.