I moved to Taraloka in 2013 working initially in the bookings and administration role before becoming manager of the Operations Team a few years later. I was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2018 and given the name Maitrimati which means ‘she whose mind turns to loving kindness’.
Before moving to Taraloka I had worked for International Development Charities and in Adult Social Work. In my working life I was looking for a job that was ethical and that would make a positive contribution to the world. However, even though I tried a few different career paths, I always felt I was looking for something more. I came across the Dharma in 2004 and was attracted to meditation, ethics and study as a real path of transformation. I started attending the Buddhist Centre in Birmingham from 2006 and became a mitra (friend) in 2007. I really wanted to throw myself in and was particularly attracted to the idea of living and working with other Buddhists as a way of practising the Buddha’s teachings. I could see the potential of this way of practice just as much as sitting on my cushion meditating. In moving to Taraloka I was looking to bring together a wish to help the world with a longing for personal transformation.
I love living at Taraloka and having the opportunity to live and work with people who are deeply committed to putting the Dharma into practice in their lives. I gain a lot of energy and inspiration from the project we’re engaged in and I have a deep faith in the value and effectiveness of what we do - both for our own transformation and for the world.