The Triratna Buddhist Order is comprised of men and women who have committed themselves to following the Buddhist path to Enlightenment, and who have made the act of going for Refuge to the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha the central point of their lives.
Order members share their spiritual lives with others in many ways and come from all walks of life. Some express their values by working within the Triratna movement or in our centers. Most work in professions where they can practice the principle of Right Livelihood. Some Order members choose to live together in community, or work together. Order members who are frequently encountered at Aryaloka or other nearby centers are listed here.
After attending a practice day at Aryaloka in 2001, Akashavanda was delighted to have finally found her spiritual home. Akashavanda means “orchid in luminous space” – a name given to her by Dayalocana at her 2008 ordination in Spain. Her practice is inspired by the mystical, nondual Dzogchen teachings.
Akashavanda has two adult children and one adorable grandson and lives in Eliot, Maine with her husband and silly Airedale. She works as the Marketing Director for NAMI-NH. She is also very happy to meet with women who are considering becoming mitras.
Amala is Sanskrit and means “Pure” or “Stainless.” The word is found in the Heart Sutra. As a name it refers to ethical purity and also to the stainless open dimension of emptiness.
Amala has been studying and practicing meditation and Buddhism since the early 1970s. She has been practicing with the Triratna (formerly FWBO) Community since 1991 and was ordained in 2000. For almost a decade she has worked as Program Director at Aryaloka, where she has planned programs and events and led many retreats and classes. Currently, Amala is stepping back from her full-on Aryaloka activities to rest and to revive her interest in creative pursuits.
Amala lives near the coast in New Hampshire. She has two young adult children, her favorite people on the planet!
Anilasri’s name was given to her at her ordination in California in 2005. It means “She who has the grace of the wind.” The Dharma continues to change her life every day, for which she has abundant gratitude.
Anilasri moved to New Hampshire from Seattle in 2002 to be part of the Aryaloka sangha. She has been a practicing Buddhist in this tradition since 1995, when she found the FWBO, now the Triratna Buddhist Community, in Kathmandu, Nepal! She lives near Aryaloka with her wife, who is also a Buddhist. Her two lovely daughters and their families live in New Jersey.
Arjava lives in Dover, NH, with his wife Betsy, son Ben and dog Woody. He is a bank consultant, property manager, and project manager. He enjoys teaching the Dharma and can be found on Tuesday nights at Aryaloka teaching Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism. In Sanskrit his name means “Honest, direct, sincere, a good teacher who is exceptional for his directness and clarity.”
Bodhana first walked into Aryaloka in the fall of 1992 and has never left. He was ordained in September of 2007. His name is a Sanskrit word and it means “Causing to awake, bringing to blossom as a flower, awakening.”
IN MEMORIAM: Bodhilocana was a teacher for all of us. Her example of awareness, kindness and compassion showed us how to live everyday from the depth of one’s practice. She exemplified friendship, generosity, connection and caring for all beings. Bodhilocana was able to see clearly with humor and wise perspective. Her thoughtful study of the Dharma and her wish to share it was a gift to our sangha. To live with a radiance, soft and gentle, yet brilliant and strong, a glow of loving kindness, friendliness and compassion. That is how we remember Bodhilocana.
Bodhipaksa is an author, and teacher. He is also the founder of Wildmind (www.wildmind.org), an online meditation center. He lives in Newmarket with his wife and two young children, and has a particular interest in teaching prison inmates.
Candradasa was ordained in 2001. He is from Scotland and has lived in New Hampshire for five years. His name means “Slave to the Moon,” explicitly referencing (amongst other things!) the lines about the Bodhicitta in Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara: “In devotion I offer myself as your slave…” and “It is the heart’s waxing moon, cooling the heat of passion.” He is the Director of Dharmachakra, which produces Free Buddhist Audio and the new Triratna Buddhist Community website.
Danakamala’s name means “Lotus of generosity.” He lives in Portsmouth and has been involved with Aryaloka for the last 20 years. Danakamala was ordained in July 2008 in California. Since his ordination he has been working with other Order members in creating opportunities for the study of the Dharma and the practice of meditation.
Dayalocana was given her name when she was ordained in 1995. It means “Eyes of compassion or mercy.” She wishes to develop eyes of wisdom along with compassion. Since 1989 Dayalocana has been traveling an hour from her home several times a week to study and practice with the wonderful sangha at Aryaloka.
Dharmasuri was ordained in 2006 on a six-week ordination retreat in Dunkeld, Scotland. She lives and works in Portland, Maine, with part of the winter months away in Georgia. She is the current chairperson for Nagaloka. Her love of the Dharma is noted in her name, Dharmasuri, which means “Heroine that embodies the path to Enlightenment.”
Gunopeta lives in Lubec, Maine, where for the past 14 plus years he has led a weekly meditation and study group. He was ordained at Aryaloka in 1997. Gunopeta’s name can be translated as “Having good (or meritorious) qualities.” Although in recent years he has been unable to spend much time at Aryaloka, it has always felt like his “sangha home” and he often finds himself, in his imagination, sitting in the shrine room under the dome or walking among the pines beside the stream.
Karunasara was ordained in 2003. Her order name, Karunasara, means essence of compassion. This is both a perception of her at this time and, even more so, a quality to develop through Dharma practice. She is retired from nursing with much experience in helping people through the dying process and is now involved in teaching and mentoring at Aryaloka Buddhist.
Kavyadrishti attended her first then-FWBO meditation class in Maine over twenty years ago, where she helped organize a local sangha, and later moved to New Hampshire to be closer to Aryaloka. She has had a long-standing interest in the gardens at Aryaloka as well as a passion for writing, especially poetry. Kavya means sage or poet, and Dhristi means vision. A retired nurse, she has four children and five grandchildren who live throughout the country.
Kiranada means “She who radiates the light of the Bodhicitta moon.” She was introduced to Buddhism more than 25 years ago in an earlier life in Kyoto, Japan. Kiranada is an artist, lecturer, curator and author,specializing in Japanese batik – Rozome with strong interest in the connections between creativity and meditation.
Lilasiddhi’s Sanskrit name translates as “spiritual and mundane accomplishments through play.” To her, it means she takes her practice and commitment very seriously, but herself lightly, she hopes. After decades of searching for a spiritual home, she is thrilled to have finally found her tribe in the Triratna Buddhist Order and at Aryaloka. “May all beings be happy and peaceful!”
For Narottama, from his first retreat at Aryaloka in 1993 to his ordination in Spain in 2007 to the present day, the Dharma, coupled with ever deepening communication with friends in the Triratna Buddhist Community, has guided and provided a positive framework for personal transformation way beyond anything he might have thought possible. This has given rise to a deeper and richer trust and confidence in the Buddha, himself and his friendships as they train, study and realize. The Buddha, his teachings applied to the 21st century, and all those that follow together in his light for the benefit of all beings have allowed this farmer at heart from Maine to be grateful for each moment in which, with mindfulness, we strive on.
Prasannavajri means “She who has the vajra/diamond that is pure, tranquil, clear in expression, and bright – she who has the diamond of purity.”
Prasannavajri, who was ordained in 2008, lives in Kennebunkport, Maine, and works as a resident service coordinator for a semi-independent retirement community in nearby Ocean Park. Her spiritual home base is at Aryaloka and she provides Dharma Study Training Courses at nearby Nagaloka Buddhist Center in Portland, Maine.
Samayadevi was ordained in June of 2007 on the first three-month retreat offered for women within the Triratna Buddhist Order (formerly the Western Buddhist Order) at Akashavana in Spain. Her name means “Luminous one of the bond with the Transcendental.” She has a large and lively extended family and lives in Amesbury, MA with her husband David.
Saricitta has been a part of the Aryaloka Buddhist community since 1991. She became a mitra in 1995 and was ordained in 2008. Her name means “She who has the heart/mind of a waterfall, with compassion flowing to all beings.” Saricitta has a special fondness for and devotion to Kuan Yin.
Professionally, Saricitta is a trained psychotherapist, but has spent the past eight years as a full time mother. She lives in Stratham with her husband, John, and her delightful young daughters, Samara and Annika.
Satyada was ordained in July 2012 at Aryaloka Buddhist Center.
Shantikirika was given her name by Dayalocana during her 2012 ordination at Akashavana in Spain. Her Sanskrit name means “Sparkling with tranquility, peace and happiness.” She has been meditating for 25 years and studied Buddhism on her own while living in New Mexico. Shantikirika came to Aryaloka in February of 2000 looking for a Buddhist community to study and practice with and found her spiritual home. She lives in Stratham, NH with her cat Jackson and works as an office assistant for Bodhipaksa in his Wildmind retail store in Newmarket, NH.
Singhatara’s name means “a protector who is like a lion, speaking the truth with clarity & authority.” She is a native of Portsmouth, N.H. and was ordained in Spain in 2012. She lives close to Aryaloka. In the early 90′s she shared her home as a women’s community following having been a mitra for five years. After a short leave of absence fom Aryaloka, she returned and requested ordination. She feels blessed each and every moment to be a part of the Triratna Buddhist Order, her life’s deepest desire, and is forever grateful to our teacher Bhante. Singhatara is a former breeder, trainer, and event rider of European Warm Blood Horses, and her education is in animal sciences, with advanced degrees in human psychology and work in N.H. judicial services.
Sravaniya was ordained in 2003, having first encountered meditation and the FWBO (later the Triratna Buddhist Community) in the UK in 1978. His name, inspired by an episode in the biography of Milarepa, means “Delightful to listen to” or “Worthy of being heard.” Sravaniya works as a professional orchestral conductor and violinist.
Suddhayu developed an interest in Eastern philosophy and meditation as a teenager. In 1992 he attended his first meditation retreat at Aryaloka Buddhist Retreat Center in Newmarket, NH. Soon after, he moved in to the residential community there, where he lived for the next eight years. During this time, he also lived in England for six months where he worked for a Buddhist Right Livelihood project, and attended a four month retreat in the mountains of Spain where he was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order. In the new century, Suddhayu married Lona Kovacs and began work as the greenhouse manager for a local plant wholesaler. In 2008, he helped expand that business by cultivating the surrounding fields to grow vegetables, thus founding Touching Earth Farm, a CSA responsible for providing fresh vegetables to over seventy households. He is currently teaching meditation at Green Lotus Yoga Studio, and is on the board of the Portsmouth Buddhist Center.
Sunada lives in Cambridge, MA. Her name means “Beautiful sound,” which reflects not just her love of singing, but also of spreading the beautiful Dharma. Sunada works as a Buddhist life coach (www.mindfulpurpose.com) and teaches meditation at Wildmind (www.wildmind.org).
Surakshita ran onto Aryaloka in 1988 and found his Buddhist home. In 1998 he was ordained by Subhuti. His name means “Well protected by the Buddha.” Surakshita is married to Susan and has two sons who are married to beautiful women and four grandchildren who are the best! Susan and he are retired and thoroughly enjoying it.
Vidhuma’s name is a Pali expression that translates into “No impurities” or “No obscurations.” Historically it was an epithet sometimes used to describe the Buddha’s dedicated followers. He was ordained in 1997, after first coming into contact with Aryaloka eight years earlier. Vidhuma lives one hour west of Aryaloka.
Vihanasari has been a Buddhist for ten years and was ordained in July, 2008. Her name means “The thrush that sings at dawn to announce the light of the Dharma (the Buddha’s teachings) coming into the world.” Vihanasari is the current administrator of the Aryaloka Buddhist Center and is a member of the governing Council.
Vikasashri was ordained in 2012 at Akashavana, the women’s retreat center in Spain. She first came to Aryaloka in 2002, and loves the friendship and support that she has found there. She works as a technical writer and lives in Durham with her husband Steve Cardwell. Her name means “the radiance of the opening heart and serenity.” She loves her name because it reminds her to live life with an open heart.
Viriyagita means: “she whose song is energy in the pursuit of the Good”. She loves her name as it captures her aspiration to have her whole life be a beautiful song of spiritual energy inspiring others to the path of the Dharma. She originally became involved with Aryaloka in 1986 and was ordained in 1995. After a little over a year she left the Order to pursue another spiritual path but returned and was ordained once more in 2007.
She lives in Cape Neddick, Maine with her husband and her cat and she has a son and four lovely grandchildren. Nursing is her profession and at present she works at a day program for adults with developmental disabilities. She loves her job and finds it to be a great place to practice Right Livelihood. Many of her coworkers attended her ordination and are very supportive. She leads an occasional day retreat and has taught a few classes at Nagaloka in Portland, Maine. Her job keeps her extremely busy and she does look forward to retirement in another three years and the pleasure of having more time to devote to meditation and teaching.
Viriyalila, who name means “Playful, Spontaneous Energy in pursuit of the Good”, has been been meditating and practicing Buddhism since 1994. She was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in 2005 in San Francisco. Her newest adventure? Working in a team with with www.freebuddhistaudio.com, an internet resource providing free access to Dharma talks around the world.