Hello my name is Mahamani and I first came across the Dharma and Triratna some 14 years ago on a winter retreat with the London Buddhist Centre. I booked on the retreat following a relationship breakup and because I didn’t want to spend Christmas on my own. I didn’t know anything about Buddhism at the time, but I thought it might be fun to learn to meditate. And of course it meant I wouldn’t be on my own over Christmas!
Despite my perhaps less that spiritual intentions I came back from that retreat knowing my life had changed completely although not really understanding what that meant. However, I knew that I owed it to myself to explore further, to pick up the thread of the Dharma offered to me on that retreat and see where it led me. Within a short space of time I had moved from my nice cosy existence in Surrey to live in a women’s community in East London and got fully involved with the LBC Sangha, become a mitra and subsequently asked for ordination.
I was ordained in 2014 at Akashavana and for the last four years I have been a Mitra Convenor at the LBC, which has been one of the most inspiring and joyful experiences of my life. Later this year I will be stepping down from that role, leaving London, and following a longish solitary retreat I will become a volunteer at Taraloka! I am really excited about this and looking forward to it very much. Still following the thread!