Chris met the Dharma in the Amsterdam Buddhist centre to learn about meditation. After becoming a mitra he did the Dharma Life course at Adhisthana. Later on he stayed there for half a year to cover for the cook. Looking for a place to live in a dharmic environment He requested to join the Padmaloka community where he currently is helping the support team as the maintenance man.
Sanghadasa moved to Padmaloka in 2019 to join the Ordination Team. Before this he was living at Adhisthana where he was one of Urgyen Sangharakshita's carers. Orginally he comes from the Netherlands.
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.
Sthiramani is the Padmaloka gardener. Sthiramani has performed many roles here over the years, since arriving in 2006. He used to be 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.
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.
Satyakirti is our Deputy Manager. He came to Padmaloka after completing a 5 month Dharma training course at Adhisthana, Satyakirti had previously volunteered here at Padmaloka before this, after he had completed his studies at University in Brighton. He's a keen meditator and has been involved with sub 35s activities at the Norwich Buddhist Centre.
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. He is now the Centre Chair.
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.
Joris is Padmaloka’s Housekeeper and second cook. In his work, mindfulness, sustainability and loving kindness are the corner stones. Joris encountered the Dharma in 2013 in Istanbul and got involved in the Ghent centre, Brussels Sangha and Metta Vihara.
After 5 years of building and running a sustainable enterprise on food waste, Joris chose for a simpler and more integrated life at Padmaloka. He rejoices in the opportunities for friendship, spiritual and personal development, physical work, and living closer to nature.
Joris is a passionate climate activist. He enjoys bringing people together around common ideals. He likes cycling and making kombucha.
Since first encountering Triratna in in 2013, my life has changed in ways that I could never have imagined. Perhaps the biggest and most unexpected change has been to give up my life and work in Brighton and move to Padmaloka. More and more I am recognising it was the right thing to do. Living and working as part of the community here is helping me deepen my practice, and to explore who I am – and who I can become – in ways that I never thought possible.
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 is currently the Ordination Team Secretary.
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.
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 intensity I then moved to Padmaloka in 2015 to be their 'one year man', but have since been accepted into the community proper and shortly after Ordination have held the role of Centre Manager.
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 easy, but it is an adventure worth living for.
Arvid is the Kitchen Manager at Padmaloka. He first came in contact with Triratna in Stockholm, where he was previously based. In October 2018 he moved from Sweden to live and work at Padmaloka. He thoroughly enjoys his time here and passes his days cooking, spending time with friends, reading and meditating.