Frederic joined the community in January 2017 to be the maintenance man for 6 months. He comes from Paris, where he met the Dharma in 2009 and was helping to run the Buddhist Centre. He loves nature, whether it is a tree, a bat, a human being, a river, a mountain, the immense and calm sea - or a raging one; the sky - with or without clouds. He enjoys physical activity although currently in moderation - a little bit of cycling, or a walk from time to time. He loves reading, as a way of opening doors to new worlds
Manjusiha joined the Ordination Team in January 2017. His name means 'lovely, pleasing, agreeable lion (like the Buddha)'. He lived in residential communities at the London Buddhist Centre for eight years, was the LBC's treasurer for five years, and taught at the centre after his ordination in 2009. He helped initiate Breathing Space, the LBC's health and well-being programme, and was a trustee of the India Dhamma Trust, which helps men and women train to join the Triratna Buddhist Order in India. He loves literature and public transport, themes that combined in his first novel, which was described as 'a detective story set on a Routemaster bus'.
Dharmadipa was born in 1965 in Germany, got involved with the Triratna Buddhist Community at the age of 20. He was ordained in 1994, from 1997 on he worked 10 years for the Essen Buddhist Centre where he taught Buddhism and Meditation and was also involved with the running of the centre. He joined Padmaloka in March 2007 as a member of the Ordination Team.
Padmasagara joined the Ordination Team and Padmaloka community in June 2017. Before this he was living in Leeds and working and teaching at the Leeds Buddhist Centre since his ordination in 2016. He shares the role of Ordination Team Secretary with Manjusiha.
Tarapalita is the housekeeper.. He joined Padmaloka after completing a one year Dharma training course here, which also included a Karuna appeal, time at Guhyaloka and working with Buddhafield. Before this Tarapalita attended the West London Buddhist Centre, where amongst other things he used to organise all night meditation sessions.
Tarapalita has a keen interest in making music.
Padmavajra has lived at Padmaloka since August 1990. He came here to join the team of order members that help men to prepare for ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order.
The personnel of the resident community has changed a lot too, only he and Surata in the present community are from those times, but there is a sense of continuity. Padmaloka has gone through and will continue to go through many changes, but there is a spirit that remains constant.
Paraga is part of the Ordination team. Paraga moved to Padmaloka from Nottingham where he was the Mitra Convenor and lived in the men's community there. When not on retreat Paraga enjoys listening to metal and painting.
Rob arrived at Padmaloka in May 2016, originally as a 6 month working guest. Before coming to Padmaloka, Rob attended the Nottingham Buddhist centre and had a successful career with Games Workshop. Rob has multiple responsibilities at Padmaloka, including looking after the Padmaloka libraries and the bookshop. Rob is a very capable and friendly presence on the team.
After two years of a mathematics PhD, something needed to change. I promptly discovered the Sheffield Buddhist centre and over the following year proceeded to become progressively drawn towards living a more intensive Dharma life, culminating in me joining the Dharma Training Course for Men at Adhisthana in 2014.
Wanting to continue and develop that intensitiy I then moved to Padmaloka in 2015 to be their 'one year man', but have since been accepted into the community proper and currently hold the role of housekeeper.
I honestly believe that I am in the best place I could possibly be right now. Padmaloka is a haven of growth and meaning, of which it is an honour to serve and a delight to be a part of. Striving to become less self-centred is certainly not always easy, but it is an adventure worth living for.
Became interested in Buddhism in his teens and made contact through the Colchester Buddhist Centre aged 22. Inspired by the ideal of a 360° Dharma life, he has lived in community in Colchester, worked in the Ipswich Evolution shop, as well as helping start and run the Buddhafield East project before coming to Padmaloka in 2008. Sanghanistha started life here as cook and kitchen manager and has also been the maintenance man and centre manager.
Sanghanistha was ordained at Guhyaloka in 2011, his name means he who is intent on, depending on, grounded on and devoted to the spiritual community.
In his spare time Sanghanistha enjoys physical exercise and dance.
Moved from Sweden in 2002 to join the Padmaloka Ordination Team. He is now a Private and Public Preceptor helping ordain men into the Triratna Buddhist Order.
Satyaraja leads very well attended meditation retreats and is known for his time spent in the Triratna meditation centre in Wales – Vajraloka. He brings clarity, friendliness and abundant energy. In his spare time he enjoys running, jazz, film and walking in the country.
Sthiramani is the Padmaloka bookkeeper. Sthiramani has performed many roles here over the years, since arriving in 2006. Sthiramani is also the chairman of the village festival committee and is well liked in the local village.
His name means he who is an unwavering, resolute, steadfast jewel and these qualities really show through.
Surata is the longest standing member of the community and one of the founding members of the Ordination team, arriving here in October 1988 upon the invitation of Subhuti. Surata has been practising and teaching Yoga for more than 35 years, mainly for the fun of it and to keep his body flexible enough to maintain a regular meditation practice.
Although he originally trained and taught in the Iyengar system, he went through a few years of experimenting with other styles of Yoga. In recent years he has been particularly interested in the work of Vanda Scaravelli, as well as taking a broad interest in many areas of body work.
I moved to Padmaloka in 2013 to become Housekeeper, then Guest Master, now Manager. I began practising Buddhism in the Triratna Community whilst at University in Leeds and was a member of the Leeds Sangha for 12 years before moving here. I was ordained at Guhyaloka in 2015.
I came to Padmaloka because I wanted to experience living and practising full time in a lively men's community. I also wanted to immerse myself in an environment where I could explore and live the Myth of the Dharma as fully as possible with friends. Living here is proving to be an adventure and provides an ideal combination of support and challenge which helps me grow and transform. A good place to be and a good cause to serve.
Will is our kitchen manager and chef. Will came to Padmaloka after completing a 5 month Dharma training course at Adhisthana, Will had previously volunteered here at Padmaloka before this, after he had completed his studies at University in Brighton. Will is a keen meditator and wants to make the most of his time here at Padmaloka. Will is involved with sub 35s activities at the Norwich Buddhist Centre.