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.

  • 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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  • Vishvantara


    Vishvantara has been reading and writing poetry since childhood and her debut pamphlet Cursive was published by HappenStance Press in 2015. Twice commended in the National Poetry Competition, she has…

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  • Maitripushpa with stone dragon


    friendly flower

    Maitripushpa has been practising with Triratna since 1999 following years with the Soto Zen community and was ordained in 2007. She is a self-acknowledged ‘meditation geek’ and closet Buddhist scholar….

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  • 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…

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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


    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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  • Kalyanavaca


    I have been practising meditation for over 40 years and am a fully accredited Breathworks teacher, specialising in Mindfulness for Health courses. I am inspired by how these simple teachings…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ratnadeva


    Spirit of the jewel

    Ratnadeva is the 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…

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  • Dharmavadana


    He who speaks truth

    Dharmavadana has been active with the West London Buddhist Centre since 1991, supporting and teaching classes, and for many years leading the Centre’s outreach meditation group in Ealing. He has…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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