Stephen Fulder

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Stephen Fulder
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Religion Theravada background
Nationality British
Born 1946 (age 72–73)
London, England
Senior posting
Title Dharma Teacher
Religious career

Stephen Fulder (born 1946 in London, England) is the founder and senior teacher of the Israel Insight Society (Tovana),[1] the major organisation in Israel teaching Buddhist meditative practice.[2] He has worked since 1975  in the field of herbal and complementary medicine as an author, consultant and researcher, publishing many books and research papers.


Stephen Fulder was educated at University of Oxford and the National Institute of Medical Research, where he was awarded his PhD in Molecular Biology. He was a lecturer at London University. He is the founder and senior teacher of Tovana (the Israel Insight Society),[1] a leading Buddhist practice organisation in Israel,[2] teaching Mindfulness, Vipassana and dharma.[3] He has been practicing meditation since 1975.[4] He has been involved for many years in peace work in the Middle East and was a founder of the Middle Way organisation.[5][6][7] He used to work in the field of herbs and alternative medicine about which he has written numerous books.[8]

Tovana (Israel Insight Society)

Stephen Fulder has established Tovana (the Israel Insight Society) which is a teaching organisation for the practice of attention in everyday life through insight meditation — Vipassana. Tovana is inspired by Buddhist tradition, philosophy and practice as a way of life. Tovana is linked to a looser network of  Western centers and teachers, such as the Insight Meditation Society in the United States and Gaia House in Britain. It holds many residential retreats throughout the year as well as lectures, meetings and weekly  group practices across the country.[2]


  • Ageing and Somatic Mutations in Human Fibroblasts, Ph.D Thesis,  CNAA,  London (1975).
  • About Ginseng, Thorsons, Harper Collins, London (1976). ISBN 0722506597
  • The Ginseng Book, Avery  Press, New York (1996). ISBN 0895297205
  • The Book of Ginseng, and other Chinese Herbs for Vitality, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont, (1993). ISBN 0892814918
  • An End to Ageing?, Thorsons, Harper Collins, London, and Healing  Arts  Press, Rochester, Vermont, (1987). ISBN 0722507690
  • The Handbook of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Third edition,  Oxford  University Press, Oxford (1996). ISBN 0192626698
  • Garlic, Nature's  Original  Remedy (with John  Blackwood),Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont (1991). ISBN 0892814365
  • The Garlic Book. Avery  Press, New York (1996). ISBN 0895297868
  • How To Survive Medical Treatment, Third edition, C.W. Daniel, Saffron Walden,  Essex (1994). ISBN 0852072791
  • Towards a New Science of Health, (with R. Lafaille, co-editor), Routledge,  London (1993). ISBN 0415081718
  • The Ginger Book: Souvenir Press, London (1994). and Avery  Press, New York, (1996).
  • Potentiating Health and the Crisis of Immunity, (with A. Mizrachi, N. Sheinman, co-editors), Plenum, New York, (1996).ISBN 030645602-8
  • FAQs: All About Garlic Avery Press, New York (1998). ISBN 0895298864
  • FAQs: All About Ginseng, Avery Press, New York (1998). ISBN 0895298929
  • User's Guide to Garlic, Basic Health Publications, Bergen, New Jersey (2005) ISBN 1-59120-135-7
  • Presence: Buddhist Inspired Essays on Awakening in Daily Life, (Hebrew). In press. Pardes Publishers, Haifa, Israel.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Teachers". Tovana. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Loss, J. (2010). "Buddha-Dhamma in Israel - Explicit Non-Religious and Implicit Non-Secular Localization of Religion". Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. JSTOR 10.1525/nr.2010.13.4.84. 
  3. "About the teachers". Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. 
  4. Ataria, Y., Dor-Ziderman, Y. and Berkovich-Ohana, A. (2015). "How does it feel to lack a sense of boundaries? A case study of a long-term mindfulness meditator". Consciousness and Cognition, Vol 37, p 133-147. 
  5. "Walk in peace". Israel21c. Retrieved 2016-04-11. 
  6. Hirschfield, Robert (2009). "Stephen Fulder: An Israeli Buddhist's Resistance to Occupation". Washington Report On Middle East Affairs. 
  7. Hawes, M. (2003). Twelve Principles. Living with Integrity in the twenty-first Century. Australia: Finch Publishing. ISBN 9781876451486. 
  8. Fulder, Stephen (2007). "The Basic Concepts of Alternative Medicine and Their Impact on Our Views of Health". Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 

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