Colchester Buddhist Centre is at the heart of a thriving, friendly community of practicing Buddhists. We run weekly meditation and Buddhism classes, courses, and study groups for all levels of experience, host day events for Buddhist festival days and other special events, and run several weekend retreats per year.
We are part of the Triratna Buddhist Community, a worldwide Buddhist movement in over 20 countries teaching and practicing Buddhism suitable for people, at all levels of commitment, living in the modern world.
All of our classes are run on a volunteer basis by ordained members of the Triratna Buddhist Order, several of whom form the Council of Trustees providing the legal and spiritual leadership of the centre.
Akashahrdaya (meaning "he whose heart is like open space") was ordained at Padmaloka on 1st October. He is a member of the Thursday Night Practice Team.
Amalaketu (meaning “pure comet”) first started coming to the centre in 1997 and was ordained in 2006. He is part of the Wednesday Newcomers Night team, the team for our Saturday Sangha Morning class and also the morning meditation team. As well as regularly leading festival days and special events. He served as Chair of the Centre from 2010 to 2019. He also champions sustainability at the Centre.
Women's Mitra Convenor
Anavajjā (meaning “irreproachable” - Ethical Behavior) first came to the centre in 2003 and was ordained in 2017.
Anavajja is the women's Mitra convenor, responsible for the spiritual welfare of the female Mitras at Colchester Buddhist Centre.
Atulyamati (meaning “incomparable, unequalled, immeasurable mind, determination, and devotion”) first started coming to classes in 1991, before we had our own centre and was ordained in 1998. In 2012 she became a private preceptor herself, and performed her first Ordinations in 2014.
Atulyamati was previously Chair from 2003 to 2010 and also was the women's Mitra convenor for some years, until she handed the role on in Dec 2021. Atulyamati also regularly leads special events at the centre.
Bodhilehī (meaning “she who licks or sips at Awakening as if tasting a sweet medicinal liquid”) was ordained in 2018. Bodhilehi shares a women's study group and also leads classes and events at the centre.
President of Colchester Buddhist Centre
Candraprabhā (meaning ‘moonlight’) became involved with Triratna in Colchester in 1994. She was ordained in 2002 and in 2005 joined the team at Tiratanaloka, a women’s retreat centre in Wales, running retreats to help women prepare for ordination. She was chair of Tiratanaloka from 2016 until 2020 when she left the team. She is currently living in Colchester and is president of Colchester Buddhist Centre.
Guṇasāra (meaning “the essence of spiritual quality”) first came to the centre in 1993 and was ordained in 2001.
In the wider movement, he is involved in organising and leading the Buddhafield East camping retreats in Suffolk.
Harsharatna (meaning "Joyfull Jewel") first attended the Ipswich centre in 1991. He was Ordained in 1997.
Kamaladaya meaning “She who is or has the compassion of the red lotus" was ordained in 2021.
Karunanātha (meaning “compassionate protector”, an epithet for the Buddha Amitābha) was ordained in 2018. He currently serves on the centre's Council as a trustee. He is involved in many of the activities we run in Clacton-on-Sea, as well as at the Colchester Buddhist Centre.
Kusaladana (meaning “he who is ethically skillful in giving”) first engaged with Triratna in 1986 at the London Buddhist Centre, and was ordained in 2012.
In the wider movement, he is a Trustee of the The Ipswich Buddhist Centre
Prasadavajri (meaning "she who is a diamond of faith, kindness and tranquility, that brings clarity”) began practicing in the Triratna Buddhist community in 1995, she was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2005.
Saddhavasita meaning “She who is perfumed by faith” was ordained in 2021.
Chair and Trustee
Sīlanātha (meaning “protector of ethics”) first started coming to the centre in 2004 and was ordained in in 2011. Silanatha took on the role of Chair of the Buddhist Centre in September 2019. Previously he served on centre's Council as Treasurer, responsible for bookkeeping, invoicing, payments, and HMRC and Charity Commission compliance and returns. He also created and leads many of the activities we run in Clacton-on-Sea, as well being involved in a number of weekly classes. He also leads many events and day retreats at the Centre.
Śrīkīrtī (meaning “good reputation”) first started coming to classes in 1994, before we had our own centre and was ordained in 2003. In 2015 he became a private preceptor himself and performed his first ordination in 2017.
He is a Trustee of the centre and also Safeguarding Officer and runs a regular study group for men.
Sujayinī (meaning “excellent victorious woman”) first started coming to the centre in 1999 and was ordained in 2010.
In the wider movement, Sujayinī is involved in organising and leading the Buddhafield East camping retreats in Suffolk.
We are supported by a further team of volunteers helping at classes, buying supplies, maintaining the building, keeping the shrines, and all of the other work required to run the centre.
We are pleased to be part of Triratna's Sustainable Buddhist Centre programme and our centre has been designed with impact to the environment in mind. We are equipped with a 4kW solar power system, purchased with funds we received from M&S Energy Fund, to generate all our electricity over a year from sunshine. Our lighting is low energy, fully dimmable, LED. Our heating system is provided by an A rated eco-boiler, and we have underfloor heating in our main shrine room and have incorporated high amounts of insulation to reduce heat loads.
We are also a certified Fairtrade Place of Worship: all the tea, biscuits and other applicable kitchen supplies purchased by the centre are Fairtrade. Not only does this mean fair prices and better labor standards for the farmers the products coming from, Fairtrade also helps farmers become better stewards of the land.
All food provided by the centre is vegan, and we only allow vegetarian food to be brought to events. Vegetarianism is not only an expression our commitment to non violence, sustainability too, avoiding the environmental affects of animal products such as pollution, deforestation, and the use of non-renewable resources.
We also recycle all of our recyclable waste, organise car-sharing for off-site events like retreats, and participate in the annual Buddhist Action Month, an annual event organised by the Network of Buddhist Organisations to promote actions that express our care and concern for our planet and our environment.
Safeguarding & Ethics
As an expression of our commitment to the Buddhist precepts, we are committed to ensuring everyone who comes to our centre is safe and those involved in teaching and running the centre always act appropriately and with integrity. To help us achieve this we provide a number of safeguarding and ethical policies explaining our practices.
If you have any safeguarding concerns you can contact our Safeguarding Officer directly using our secure email address: