Lennart was born in North-Eastern Germany, educated in Vienna, Austria and lives currently in Florida. Coming from an engineering family (his dad is an electrical engineering and machine wizard) his first love was science, in particular Astrophysics – when he ran out of books he attended university lectures at the age of eight studying orbital mechanics.

In absence of the internet he spent his afternoons at the public library and consumed Einstein, Darwin and Sagan which led to his interest in Buddhist philosophy. After his first visit to Sri Lanka, at the age of 16 he decided to continue his studies in South-East Asia where he ordained briefly as a Buddhist monk studying meditation and enjoying solitude.

Lennart graduated from university in Germany in 2003 with a master’s degree in Computer Science and a specialization in Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence.

He currently lives in Sarasota, Florida with his wife Nadine and four kids. He is the founding member of a non-profit meditation center, publishing house and a medical price-transparency service. During the day he holds a position as CTO of a small IT startup and creatively explores new technologies through numerous other software projects in his spare time, one of which is Marscoin.

In 2013 Lennart was shortlisted as one of 1058 MarsOne round 2 applicants and currently prepares for his colonist life on Mars.

Fluent in eight languages Lennart authored over 30 books on Early Buddhist Meditation Practice and ancient Indian languages. He is an ardent chess player, P90X enthusiast, diver and garage tinkerer.

“One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved. One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one’s greatest efforts.” —Albert Einstein

Yaṃ kiñci samudayadhammaṃ sabbaṃ taṃ nirodhadhammaṃ