The inspiration for the network came from a meeting in 1993 held in Dharamsala, India, between His Holiness the fourteenth Dalai Lama and a group of Western dharma teachers from the major Buddhist traditions in Europe and America.
As most of the teachers are members of the European Buddhist Union (EBU), it made sense for them to stay on after the EBU's Annual General Meeting.
The EBU and the Buddhist Teachers in Europe (BTE) are two distinct and separate groups.
We are a network of experienced Buddhist teachers
The purpose of the Network is to facilitate open communication and understanding between European Buddhist Teachers of all Traditions.
There is no leader, the emphasis of the network is on the development of peer relationships.
The Network aims to build relationships and have a sense of continuity through ongoing contact.
New members are invited by consent of the group as a whole. Hence the network does not claim to be representative of European Buddhism, though it comprises teachers from most countries in Europe and from many traditions. Criteria for membership of the network can be found here.