The Adhisthana Community
Trained as an artist, Saddhanandi initially was involved in the Glasgow Sangha. She was at Taraloka for 20 years, and was Chair there for the last 13 of those years, before moving to Adhisthana and becoming Chair. In late 2021 she handed on this responsibility to Khemabandhu, butcontinues to live and work here as a member of the Adhisthana Teaching Community.
RatnadhariniChair of The College of Public Preceptors
Initially heavily involved in the renovations of Adhisthana, Ratnadharini returns as head of the College. She was part of several London-based Buddhist businesses before joining the team setting up and running Tiratanaloka, the ordination training centre for women.
AryajayaInternational Order Convenor
Prior to moving to Adhisthana, Aryajaya was a senior manager in Windhorse:Evolution Trading for 10 years after emigrating to the UK from Australia. She has travelled extensively as part of her role as International Order Convenor and is a kalyanamitra and private preceptor.
Ordained for almost 50 years, prior to founding the International Council, Dhammarati was Chair of the College of Public Preceptors and the London Buddhist Centre. His designs can be found on books and publicity throughout Triratna.
After becoming chair at the Brighton Centre in his twenties, Yashodeva spent many years at Guhyaloka, the men’s ordination training centre in Spain, before returning the UK to help with the initial renovations of the Adhisthana site. He is a Public Preceptor and works with the Spanish-speaking sangha, while at the same time maintaining the Adhisthana buildings.
Having stepped down as Chair of the College in 2019, Saddhaloka is now part of the Adhisthana Dharma Team and leads and supports several retreats here each year. He has strong links with Eastern Europe, and recently has been taking other order members over with him on his travels to these countries to help lead retreats.
KhemabandhuChair, Dharma Team
Originally from Australia, Khemabandhu met the Dharma while working as a computer scientist in London and was nomadic before coming to Adhisthana to do the Dharma Life Course in 2017. He then stayed to live and work here, becoming Manager of the Operations Team and then Chair of Adhisthana in 2021.
Born in Ireland, Ratnaghosha became a Buddhist after an encounter with a Sri Lankan monk in Berlin. He worked for Windhorse Trading for several years, and was Chair of the London and later Cambridge Buddhist Centres. He moved to Adhisthana in 2021 to join the Dharma Team.
Instrumental in establishing the Sydney Buddhist Centre, Shubhavyuha returned to the UK as the Assistant to the International Council. She joined the Adhisthana Operations Team in 2019, and became the manager of the Operations team in 2021. She is now a part of the Dharma Team and helps to design the Teaching Community programme of events.
Previously having worked for various Triratna organisations such as the Karuna Trust and Clear Vision, Bodhiketu also spent six years in Guhyaloka, the men’s ordination retreat centre in Spain. He has been managing Adhisthana’s finances since he joined the team.
Initially living at the Croydon Buddhist Centre, Sanghadeva worked in the centres restauraunt – Hockney’s, before going to live at Madhymaloka; Sangharakshita’s penultimate home, and centre for the College of Public Preceptors. He has transformed the landscape and grounds of Adhisthana through his ceaseless ability to work.
KSANTIKARAYoung Buddhists Convenor for अधिष्ठान & Europe
Ksantikara moved to Adhisthana from the London Buddhist Centre, where he led the Sub 25 group for several years. He took on the coordination of the young Buddhist project in 2020, working for both the European Chairs Assembly and Adhisthana.
After doing the Dharma Life Course in 2019, Jayadhi joined the Operations Team. Prior to living here she was based at the Colchester Buddhist Centre and has experience working in catering. After several years as the Kitchen Manager at Adhisthana, she was ordained in 2022.
Before joining the team, Caroline lived in a mixed couple’s community in Oxford, although she became a Mitra in Sheffield during her time there at University. She did the Dharma Life Course with Jayadhi in 2019. Initially in the Front of House role, she is now covering Adhisthana’s publicity and communications.
Prakashamitra got involved with Triratna through the Young Buddhists project, and threw himself into the Dharma life at his local centre, Bristol, where he facilitated the Young Buddhists group. He was ordained at Guhyaloka in 2023 and manages the tech support and site.
Dhivan moved to Adhisthana after working at Chester University throughout the pandemic. He is the author of a book on conditionality, and while at Adhisthana is making good use of his access to the Library and leading scholars retreats.
Vilasamuni was ordained in 2021 on the same retreat as Khemabandhu. He brings his considerable coding experience (and culinary skills) to Adhisthana. He has moved from Oxford where he previously lived in a community with Caroline, and is engaged with developing the Adhisthana website and internet network.
Kaj left Sydney, Australia in 2022 to join the Dharma Life Course and found the conditions so beneficial he asked to stay on and live here. Previously a nurse, he has become the Kitchen Manager at Adhisthana and brings his intelligence and diligence to the role. Having Danish ancestry, he speaks some of the language.
Prajnanita originates from Czechia and worked as a teacher in London before joining the West London Buddhist centre covering a range of roles. She has brought her skills to Adhisthana and to the Dharma Life Course, to finance and the operations team more broadly.
Growing up in Bradford, Max also completed the 2022 Dharma Life Course. He previously worked as a Video Editor and is bringing his skills and capacity to the communications at Adhisthana, as well as supporting the team more generally around tech and admin.
Maria lived in Colchester, and at one time in a community with Jayadhi, before joining her close friend on the team here as our very capable housekeeper. She has experience in social care and is also a dedicated artist.
Liv started going to the Manchester Centre after the pandemic. She quickly became a Mitra and asked for ordination. She was a facilitator of the Young Buddhist group in Manchester before coming to Adhisthana. In 2023 she travelled around India on a Young Buddhist’s pilgrimage with Caroline and Ksantikara.