About Us / Team / Council

Council Member: Chair

Vajragupta

‘she who protects spiritual values and is protected by the diamond thunderbolt’

Vajragupta became Chair of the Buddhist Centre in November 2018, having rejoined the Council earlier in the year. She was ordained in 1997 and enjoys sharing her meditation experience and Buddhist practice at our classes.

As Chair, Vajragupta oversees the spiritual welfare of the Centre alongside the other Trustees. The Norwich Buddhist Centre is part of a worldwide Triratna Community, so Vajragupta also ensures that our Centre’s aims and practices are guided by the vision of our founder, Urgyen Sangharakshita, of a progressive and vibrant Buddhist Community.

Council Member: Treasurer

Rijusiddha

Rijusiddha joined the council as treasurer in 2017. Alongside this role he also leads courses on Buddhism and Meditation at the centre, oversees our website development, and works for the Karuna Trust in London.

Council Member: Secretary

Gunakara

'She who is a mine of virtues'

Gunakara was ordained in 2008 by Kalyanasri. She is the secretary for the council.

Council Member

Sinhadakini

'lion who dances in the freedom of space'

Sinhadakini is involved in teaching, directing study and befriending at the Centre. She works in education, has two grown up sons and is writing memoires of her early life in Sheffield.

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Kalyanamati

Kalyanamati joined the Council in March 2015. He is also the men's mitra convenor. 

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Dayapanna

'he who is endowed with compassion'

Dayapanna joined the Council in September 2005.
In addition to taking lunchtime meditation classes on Monday, some afternoons Dayapanna disappears into the small shrine room with others of the Centre Council to plan and direct the affairs of the Centre.  At other times he may be seen doing some DIY with Sujana, our Chairman, or carrying out minor electrical work.

 

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Satyagita

'she who sings the truth'

Satyagita attends and supports various retreats throughout the year, and has sat on the Council since November 2002.

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Saroja

'lake born, or like a lotus emerging from the depths'

As well as his role on the council, Saroja is involved in leading the Great Yarmouth group and the Winter Retreats, and works as an artist