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.

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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.

Amalaketu

Dharmacāri Amalaketu

Chair

Amalaketu (meaning “pure comet”) first started coming to the centre in 1997. He was ordained in 2006, receiving his private ordination at Vajrasana Retreat Centre in Suffolk by Arthapriya (his private preceptor), and public ordination at our old building on Manor Road by Mahamati (his public preceptor) and received the Vajrasattva Sādhanā practice.

He currently serves as Chair of the centre's Council, and is involved in all aspects of running the centre. He is also on the team for our Dharma Morning class, runs a men's mitra study group, and leads many of our special events.

In the wider movement, he is also a Trustee and the Treasurer of Dharmachakra, the organisation responsible for Triratna's sound and text archives which run's freebuddhistaudio.com and Triratna's main website, thebuddhistcentre.com. He is also involved in interfaith activities and is the Buddhist Faith Representative to the University of Essex.

Anavajjā

Dharmacāriṇī Anavajjā

Anavajjā (meaning “irreproachable”) first came to the centre in 2003 when she was working with Atulyamati. She was ordained at Akashavana, Triratna's women's Ordination centre in the Spanish mountains, by Atulyamati (her private preceptor) and Punyamala (her public preceptor), on a 3 month Ordination course in 2017 and received the Amitābha Sādhanā practice.

She is on the team for our Lunchtime Drop-In class and also regularly supports the Newcomers Night class.

Outside of the centre, she is a British Wheel of Yoga trained yoga teacher, with a particular interest in teaching Yoga to people living with cancer.

Atulyamati

Dharmacāriṇī Atulyamati

Women's Mitra Convenor

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. She was ordained at Il Convento in Tuscany, Italy on the first ever long Ordination course for women by Anjali (her private preceptor) and Saṅghadevi (her public preceptor) and received the Amoghasiddhi Sādhanā practice. In 2012 she became a private preceptor herself, and performed her first Ordinations in 2014.

She was on the centre's Council for 15 years, including serving as Chair from 2003 to 2010. She is now the Women's Mitra Convenor, responsible the training and spiritual welfare of the women mitras in the saṅgha. She is also on the team for our Newcomers Night.

Bodhilehi

Dharmacāriṇī Bodhilehī

Bodhilehī (meaning “she who licks or sips at Awakening as if tasting a sweet medicinal liquid”) was ordained at Akashavana, Triratna's women's Ordination centre in the Spanish mountains, by Atulyamati (her private preceptor) and Subhadramati (her public preceptor), on a 3 month Ordination course in 2018 and received the Padmasambhava practice.

She is on the team for our Lunchtime Drop-In class.

Gunasāra

Dharmacāri Guṇasāra

Trustee

Guṇasāra (meaning “the essence of spiritual quality”) first came to the centre in 1993. He was ordained at Guhyaloka, Triratna's men's Ordination centre in the Spanish mountains, by Ashvajit (his private preceptor) and Surata (his public preceptor) in 2001 and received the Green Tara Sādhanā practice.

He is on the centre's Council as and is the Health & Safety and Safeguarding Officer.

In the wider movement, he is involved in organising and leading the Buddhafield East camping retreats in Suffolk.

Outside of the centre, Guṇasāra previously spent 18 years working for Windhorse:Evolution Right Livelihood business in both the Ipswich and Colchester branches of Evolution. Since Evolution's closure he works both as a counsellor and in a local law firm.

Karunanātha

Dharmacāri Karunanātha

Karunanātha (meaning “compassionate protector”, an epithet for the Buddha Amitābha) was ordained at Guhyaloka, Triratna's men's Ordination centre in the Spanish mountains, by Bodhivamsa (his private preceptor) and Arthapriya (his public preceptor) in 2018 and received the Amitābha Sādhanā practice.

He is involved in many of the activities we run in Clacton-on-Sea.

Kṣāntivajra

Dharmacāri Kṣāntivajra

Men's Mitra Convenor

Kṣāntivajra (meaning “he who is a diamond of patience, tolerance and spiritual receptivity”) first came to the centre in 2000. He was ordained in 2008 at our old building on Manor Road by Satyaraja (his private preceptor) and Mahamati (his public preceptor) and received the Amitabha Sādhanā practice.

He is currently the Men's Mitra Convenor, responsible the training and spiritual welfare of the men mitras in the saṅgha. He is also responsible for fire safety at the centre.

In the wider movement, he is a Trustee of the The Mid-Essex Buddhist Centre where he also serves as Men's Mitra Convenor.

Sīlanātha

Dharmacāri Sīlanātha

Trustee

Sīlanātha (meaning “protector of ethics”) first started coming to the centre in 2004. He was ordained at Guhyaloka, Triratna's men's Ordination centre in the Spanish mountains, by Dharmadipa (his private preceptor) and Satyaraja (his public preceptor) on a 4 month Ordination course in 2011 and received the Shakyamuni Sādhanā practice.

He currently serves on the 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 as the team for our Lunchtime Drop-In class..

Sīlanātha is now retired from full time work and spends most of his time working at the centre in various capacities. He was instrumental in the move from our old building, managing the project and doing much of the work himself.

Śrīkīrtī

Dharmacāri Śrīkīrtī

Śrīkīrtī (meaning “good reputation”) first started coming to classes in 1994, before we had our own centre. He was ordained at Padmaloka Retreat Centre in Norfolk in 2003 by Ashvajit (his private preceptor) and Surata (his public preceptor) and received the Akṣobhya Sādhanā practice, although he tends to do the Shakyamuni and Vajrasattva practices nowadays. In 2015 he became a private preceptor himself.

He was previously the men's mitra convenor and a Trustee but has recently handed over these responsibilities. Nowadays, he is on the team for our Newcomers Night class and supports other classes, as well as supporting the men training for ordination.

Sthiranāga

Dharmacāri Sthiranāga

Sthiranāga (meaning “the most faithful and true”) attended his first Buddhist Retreat in 1984 when he went to the Padmaloka Retreat Centre in Norfolk. Although this started a regular meditation practice he did not join the Order until 2016 when he was ordained at Guyhaloka, Triratna's men's Ordination centre in the Spanish mountains, by Bodhivamsa (his private preceptor) and Arthapriya (his public preceptor) on a 4 month Ordination course and received the Akṣobhya Sādhanā practice.

He is on the team for our Dharma Morning class, as well as being involved in many of the activities we run in Clacton-on-Sea.

In the wider movement, he is a Trustee of Padmaloka Retreat Centre where he first discovered Buddhism, and also regularly teaches at the Mid-Essex Buddhist Centre.

Sujayinī

Dharmacāriṇī Sujayinī

Trustee

Sujayinī (meaning “excellent victorious woman”) first started coming to the centre in 1999. She was ordained at Akashavana, Triratna's women's Ordination centre in the Spanish mountains, by Kalyanasri (her private preceptor) and Maitreyi (her public preceptor), in 2010 and received the Akṣobhya Sādhanā practice.

She is on the centre's Council, is on the team for our Dharma Morning class and also leads a women's mitra study group and supports the Young People's Group at the Centre.

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.

Angie
Angie
Newcomers Night Team
Bookshop
Colin
Colin
Newcomers Night Team
Emma
Emma
Crèche
Marketing Materials
Kendal
Kendal
Newcomers Night Team
Lizzie
Lizzie
Newcomers Night Team
Maggie
Maggie
Lunchtime Drop-In Team
Clacton Saṅgha Night Team
Michelle
Michelle
Newcomers Night Team
Sophie
Sophie
Newcomers Night Team
Crèche

If you would like to help out, come to a work day or get in touch to find out about other ways to help.

Sustainable Buddhist 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 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.

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