I first started coming to Tiratanaloka in 2007 after asking for ordination. I was living in South Africa then, and with the help of friends and the bursary fund, I was able to come on retreat and do my ordination training here. Because there wasn’t that much sangha at home, Tiratanaloka became very important context for deepening practice and a place of myth and learning.
Two years after getting ordained I moved to the UK to explore more fully a life centred on practicing and communicating the Dharma. I lived at Adhisthana for two years where I worked for the International Council. There I had the chance to experience community living, working for the movement and getting to know the Order much better. At the end of 2017, I moved over to Tiratanaloka to join the team.
This situation brings together so many of the things I love – friendship and getting to know other dharma practitioners, working and living together, a contemplative life, dharma study and long walks in the hills. The dharma has given me confidence, freedom and positivity and I want to share that with others.