About Us

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.

An Introduction to how we have changed our approach since Covid-19 required us to close our Centre

The Team

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.

Akasahrdaya

Akasahrdaya

Thursday Practice Night team
Saturday Sangha Morning team

Akasahrdaya (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

Amalaketu

Newcomers Night team
Saturday Sangha Morning team
Morning Meditation 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.

Anavajjā

Anavajjā

Morning Meditation Team
Thursday Practice Night Team

Anavajjā (meaning “irreproachable” - Ethical Behavior) first came to the centre in 2003 and was ordained in 2017. She leads a study group for women and often leads Festival Days and special events at the Centre

Atulyamati

Atulyamati

Trustee
Women's Mitra Convenor
Morning meditation team
Newcomers Night Team
Thursday Practice Night Team
Saturday Sangha Morning team

Atulyamati (meaning “incomparable, unequalled, immeasurable mind, determination, and devotion”) grew up in Finland but has lived in the UK for most of her life. She 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.

She is a Trustee of the centre and was previously Chair from 2003 to 2010. She is also the Women's Mitra Convenor, responsible the training and spiritual welfare of the women mitras in the saṅgha. Atulyamati also regularly leads special events at the centre. 

Bodhilehī

Bodhilehī

Trustee
Morning Meditation Team
Friday Lunchtime Meditation Team
Newcomers Night Team

Bodhilehī (meaning “she who licks or sips at Awakening as if tasting a sweet medicinal liquid”) was ordained in 2018. Bodhilehi leads a women's study group and also leads meditation days at the centre.

 

 

Guṇasāra

Guṇasāra

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

Harsharatna

Thursday Practice Night Team
Saturday Sangha Morning team

Harsharatna (meaning "Joyfull Jewel") first attended the Ipswich centre in 1991. He was Ordained in 1997. 

Karunanātha

Karunanātha

Treasurer and Trustee
Clacton Outreach Leader
Morning Meditation Team
Friday Lunchtime Meditation Team

Karunanātha (meaning “compassionate protector”, an epithet for the Buddha Amitābha) was ordained in 2018. He currently serves on the centre's Council as Treasurer, responsible for bookkeeping, invoicing, payments, and HMRC and Charity Commission compliance and returns. He is involved in many of the activities we run in Clacton-on-Sea, as well as at the Colchester Buddhist Centre.

Kusaladana

Kusaladana

Monday Lunchtime Meditation Team

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

Prasadavajri

Morning meditation team & Dharma cafe
Saturday Sangha morning team

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. 
 

Sīlanātha

Sīlanātha

Chair and Trustee
Morning Meditation team & Dharma cafe
Lunchtime Meditation Team
Thursday Practice Night Team
Saturday Sangha Morning Team
Clacton Outreach Leader

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

Śrīkīrtī

Trustee

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 runs a regular study group for men.

Sthiranāga

Sthiranāga

Secretary and Trustee
Men's Mitra Convenor
Safeguarding Officer
Morning Meditation team
Newcomers Night Team
Thursday Practice Night Team
Saturday Sangha Morning Team

Sthiranāga (meaning “the most faithful and true”) first engaged with Triratna in 1984 at Padmaloka Retreat Centre and was ordained in 2016. He is currently the Men's Mitra Convenor, responsible for supporting the training and spiritual welfare of the male mitras in the saṅgha. He is also the Centre's Safeguarding Officer and Secretary to the Centre's Council. Sthiranāga currently provides a key role in providing technological support to our online classes.  

Sujayinī

Sujayinī

Clacton Outreach Leader

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.

Caroline
Caroline
Just Chant Leader &
Clacton Group Support
Eddie
Eddie
Centre Maintenance &
Saturday Sangha Morning team
Emma
Emma
Thursday Practice Night Team,
Marketing Materials,
Shrine making team
Georgie
Georgie
Centre Manager & Thursday Practice Night Team
Kendal
Kendal
Newcomers Night Team
Health & Safety Officer
Maggie
Maggie
Friday Lunchtime Meditation &
Saturday Sangha Morning team
Maria
Maria
Monday Lunchtime Meditation
Rakish
Rakish
Thursday Practice Night,
Saturday Sangha Morning,
Clacton Group support,
Shrine making team
Sally
Sally
Monday Lunchtime Meditation
Sophie
Sophie
Newcomers Night Team

Our Values

Sustainability

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 in the centre is vegetarian, 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.

Safeguarding Adults Policy.pdf Child protection code of conduct 2019.pdf Child protection policy 2019.pdf Model ethical guidelines.pdf

Privacy

As an expression of our commitment to the Buddhist precepts of honesty and of not taking the not giving, we are committed to only using the data we hold about the people involved in activities at our centre responsibly, and being clear about the way your information is collected and used. To help us achieve this we provide a privacy policy explaining our practices and the choices you can make.

Privacy Policy.pdf

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