Peter Riedl

is a medical doctor, meditation teacher and author. For three decades until 2019, he was also chief editor of the magazine Ursache\Wirkung, which covers spiritual and Buddhist topics.

He leads meditation and mindfulness courses, and manages the spiritual residential and seminar center ‘Mandalahof’ in Vienna. Peter Riedl has authored the following books:

  • „Auf ins Nirvana – Gespräche über Buddhismus“ (Off to Nirvana – Conversations about Buddhism) (Ibera, 2003)
  • „Möge die Übung gelingen I“ (May Your Practice Succeed I) (U\W-Verlag, 2016)
  • „Achtsamkeit und Sexualität“ (Mindfulness and Sexuality)  (U\W-Verlag, 2017)
  • „Schlüssel zur Gelassenheit“ (The Key to Serenity)  (U\W-Verlag, 2018)
  • „Ein Weg in die Freihei“ (A Path to Freedom)  (U\W-Verlag, 2018)

Meditative absorption is not attained through receiving or experiencing something beautiful, but by reducing the multitude we constantly carry in our heads. It is independent of external circumstances.

Life story

  • 1943

    Born in Hannover, Germany

  • 1974

    Medical specialist for radiology in Vienna

  • 1986

    Took refuge in Buddhism

  • 1991 until today

    Chief editor of the Buddhist magazine Ursache\Wirkung

  • 1993 until today

    Teaching of meditation and mindfulness courses

  • 1999

    Conferral of the honorary title „Associate University Professor“

  • 2002 bis 2006

    President of the Austrian Buddhist Religious Association (ÖBR)

  • 2003

    Publication of ‚Auf ins Nirvana – Gespräche über Buddhismus’ (Off to Nirvana – Conversations about Buddhism), Ibera

  • 2004

    Foundation of W.I.S.D.O.M. - “Wiener Schule der offenen Meditation” (Viennese School of Open Meditation).

  • 2006

    Foundation of the seminar center Mandalahof, A-1010 Vienna, Fleischmarkt 16

  • 2016

    Publication ‚Möge die Übung gelingen’ (May Your Practice Succeed), U\W Verlag

  • 2017

    Publication ‚Achtsamkeit & Sexualität’ (Mindfulness and Sexuality), U\W Verlag

  • 2018

    Publication ‚Schlüssel zur Gelassenheit’ (The Key to Serenity), U\W Verlag

Books by Peter Riedl


May Your Practice Succeed

This book is a fresh interpretation of this timeless Buddhist teaching - for people of our time and beyond religion and esotericism.


Achtsamkeit und Sexualität

Eine spirituelle Praxis zeigt einen Weg zu einer bewussten Sexualität und einem erfüllten Leben.


Schlüssel zur Gelassenheit

Wie man ein Leben in Freude und Gelassenheit erreicht und wie man die fünf großen Widerstände gegen ein gelingendes Leben, nämlich suchthaftes Verhalten, Ärger, Zweifel, Energiemangel und Angst, überwinden kann, zeigt Peter Riedl in diesem dritten Band seiner Reihe geistiger und praktischer Übungen.

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