Our people

Carumani - I have been involved at the Centre for the past ten years. After retiring from teaching in 2007 and I became a member of the Centre Council. I also take pleasure in supporting the Newcomers' Evening and the Women's Mitra Study.

Swadipa - since retiring from the NHS I have had much more time for the Dharma, the Centre, and of course yachting! I am the Secretary of the Centre Council and look after the fabric of the building. I support various classes as and when required, and lead a meditation class on Wednesday mornings.

Jnanamitra - I was ordained in 1991 and looking for a pioneering situation, I moved to ipswich the following year. I worked in the Evolution shop for 8 years and then established the first Buddhist Centre in Ipswich in the Thoroughfare. I have also been active in establishing Buddhafield East outdoor activities and I am an amateur potter. I am particularly interested in the ways we deepen our meditation practice.

Dayasara - Dayasara leads the Tuesday lunchtime class, and enjoys Buddhist festivals and many other events around the Buddhist Centre. He has a particular interest in early Buddhism, in links between Buddhism and Western culture and arts, and in care work as a form of spiritual practice.

Ariyanivata- I was ordained in 2016 and my name means 'He of noble humility. A native of Ipswich, I started attending the Centre in 2006 and became a member of the Centre Council as Secretary in 2011. I support the early morning meditation sessions, the Tuesday lunchtime class and Sangha retreats and enjoy my involvement with many Centre activities on almost daily basis.

Shubha -I was ordained in 1998 and my name means 'Bright and Beautiful'. I am from London and I was part of the London Buddhist Centre Sangha for nearly 30 years. I worked in Team-based Right Livelihood or worked for the Centre and lived in Communities for many years. I moved to Ipswich in 2015 and I am enjoying getting to know the Sangha. I lead Mitra Study and Practice nights on a Friday.

Bodhivamsa Anigma (for the moment)

Kusaladana means Skillful Giving. Ordained by Bodhivamsa at Gukhaloka in June 2012. Born 1954 in Glasgow. London in 1976. From 1985 London Buddhist Centre Sangha and from 2012 the North London Sangha. With Liz his wife in Colchester 1992 to 1998. Worked in academia, industry and consultancy as a research scientist and lecturer. ALso periods of Team-based Right Livelihood and support of centre activities. Moved to Wivenhoe beside Colchester in 2017 and is now active in the Ipswich and Colchester Sanghas.