Men's going for refuge retreat
I came across the Dharma over twenty years ago at Dhanakosa so it has always been an important part of my spiritual life. I was ordained nine years ago and since then I have worked for Glasgow Buddhist Centre, initially as Centre Manager and now as the Men's Mitra Convenor. The Sangha is a precious jewel for me as everything starts with and comes back to connection. I have been involved with leading and supporting retreats since becoming ordained and I appreciate being involved in giving people the opportunity to catch the Dharma. I have been involved in setting up "Triratna Scotland", a Scotland-wide Triratna forum and am contributing to finding ways to help it grow and am enjoying how it is emerging and developing. I am a trustee of Dhanakosa and through this role I have come to understand just how important the retreat centre is as a spiritual place to so many people. I love being in the countryside, have recently taken up running again, and reading and study continue to be an important part of my life.
Amoghavira first encountered Buddhism in 1979 while struggling through a mathematics degree at Glasgow University. Ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in 1982 he then started working at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre.
He worked for 2 years at the Sydney Buddhist Centre in Australia from 1988, and on his way back to Britain in 1990, spent 3 months in Kathmandu helping run meditation and Buddhism course there. Falling in love with Nepal, he’s been a regular visitor there ever since.
In 1996, he moved to Dhanakosa to help with retreat leading here, which he’s been doing ever since. He loves being in the mountains and this has led to a passion for landscape photography and he now lives in the village of Callander, about 15 miles from Dhanakosa.
Nayaka came to Dhanakosa in 1996 after learning to meditate with the Newcastle Buddhist Centre. Drawn by the mountains, he quickly felt at home here and became increasingly involved in the running of the centre. He became part of the management team in 1999, was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in 2001 and became Centre Director in 2006. He has a background in earth and life sciences, a long standing interest in natural history and a love of the wilderness. He lives at Dhanakosa with Dharmavasini and their 2 children.
open to people practicing within the Triratna Buddhist community in Scotland
For men training for ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order.