West London Buddhist Centre

About Us

Our Teachers

You can find details on the Buddhist teachers at the centre below in random order. This order changes every time you access this page. We also host sessions run by therapists and other teachers from outside the Centre. You can find out about them by visiting the Therapists, Yoga & Qigong Teachers, and Mindfulness Teachers pages.

  • Abhayadevi

    Abhayadevi

    Fearless goddess

    Abhayadevi has been meditating since 1998, and was ordained in 2010. After living and working in Scotland for 30 years she retired to London and now volunteers at the Centre, including teaching meditation. She is also a trustee of the charity that runs the Centre.

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  • Sahananda

    Delighting in common enterprise

    Sahananda has meditated and practised Buddhism most of his adult life, and has been ordained since 1992.  He moved to West London from Manchester in 1985 and has been involved with the Centre here one way or another ever since.  For the first 15 years of this millennium he looked after retail systems for Windhorse…

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  • Kamalashila

    Kamalashila

    He whose conduct (śila, Sanskrit) is like a red lotus (kamala)

    Kamalashila was ordained in 1974. He helped start the West London Buddhist Centre in 1976. In 1979 he co-founded a meditation retreat centre, Vajraloka in North Wales, which he helped to run until the early nineties. He teaches meditation in the UK and abroad, including occasional workshops, classes and retreats for the West London Buddhist Centre….

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  • Viramati

    Heroic mental attitude

    Viramati was ordained in 1979. He lived in Italy from the mid 1980s until 1998. He is now retired, spending time working on his own personal photographic projects and, when he can, helping out around the Centre.

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  • Amlanadhi

    She whose wisdom is bright and unclouded

    Amlanadhi was ordained in 2011 whilst working at Windhorse Trading, a Buddhist ‘right livelihood’ business, in Cambridge.  She helps out at the Centre and loves the opportunity to build Sangha and friendship through working alongside others.  She lived for a number of years in a Buddhist Community and worked at the Evolution Shop in East…

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  • Bodhilila

    The play of awakening

    Bodhilila has been meditating and practising mindfulness for 27 years. She is a fully accredited Breathworks mindfulness trainer as well as a qualified counsellor, teacher and massage therapist. She worked for many years as a classical musician and more recently as a nursery manager. She is currently Chair of the West London Buddhist Centre, where she has…

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  • Sudurjaya

    She whom it is difficult for Mara to conquer

    Sudurjaya has been involved in Triratna in London for more than 30 years and was ordained in 2000. Originally from Australia, she has worked as an artist, mother and teacher.  In addition to facilitating mitra study groups, classes and retreats and introducing young people to Buddhism, she has undertaken training as an ecumenical and Buddhist…

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  • Ratnadeva

    Spirit of the jewel

    Ratnadeva is the men’s mitra convenor at WLBC and also teaches, leads retreats and helps to run the Centre. He previously spent nine years working for Buddhafield, and the integration of contemporary Buddhist practice with a deep involvement in the natural world, and the world of myth, remains one of his central interests.  He also…

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  • Vilasamani

    Sparkling jewel

    Vilasamani was ordained in 2005. He has worked in a right livelihood project in West London and now practises craniosacral therapy at the West London Buddhist Centre. Vilasamani is on the Sangha Night class team.

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  • Paramananda

    Paramananda

    Unexcelled bliss

    Paramananda is a well known and widely respected meditation teacher, leading classes and retreats both in the UK and internationally.  Ordained in 1985, he is the author of several popular books about meditation and Buddhist practice, most recently The Myth of Meditation (published 2019), and also including the best-selling Change Your Mind, as well as A Deeper Beauty and The Art of meditation:…

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  • Dhammagita

    Dhammagita

    She who sings the song of the Dharma

    Dhammagita was ordained in 2002, having been involved with the West London Centre since 1990. For many years she taught meditation and Buddhism, led arts activities and was Centre manager. She now leads retreats and workshops in the UK, focusing on awareness though working directly with the body and the arts, drawing on her shiatsu…

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  • Mitrananda

    Mitrananda

    He delights in his friends

    Mitrananda has practised as a Buddhist for 30 years. In 1999 he was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order and given his Buddhist name. During his career as a psychiatrist, he has worked as an academic (14 years), NHS consultant and most recently as tribunal medical member. He is married ( to a non-Buddhist) and has two…

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  • Yashobodhi

    She whose awakening is beautiful

    Yashobodhi (Lucia van der Drift) is involved in teaching and befriending in our sangha. She is one of the leaders of the Buddhism in the City class on Saturday mornings. She leads retreats both nationally and internationally. Her background is in teaching and writing. Ordained in the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2005, she is Dutch…

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  • Dharmavadana

    Dharmavadana

    He who speaks truth

    Dharmavadana has been active around the West London Buddhist Centre since 1991, working in a right livelihood shop, helping in the office and supporting and teaching meditation classes. Dharmavadana is a poet and writer and was ordained in 2005.

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  • Tarakarunya

    Tara’s wisdom and compassion

    Tarakarunya was ordained in 2001. She became an anagarika in 2004 by taking an extra vow of celibacy. Tarakarunya is an artist, painting mainly devotional thangkas representing Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. She is the West London Buddhist Centre shrine-keeper, and leads our regular meditation and devotional ritual evening.

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