West London Buddhist Centre

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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 and Mindfulness Teachers pages.

  • 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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  • Prajñānītā

    She who is led by wisdom

    Prajñānītā has been a Buddhist since 2009, when her bicycle collided with a London double decker bus and she experienced a moment of clarity about the centrality of the breath….

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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….

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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….

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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  • 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,…

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