People

Our centre exists today thanks to a collection of individuals committed to sharing the Dharma. Here is a small selection of those individuals:

Portrait of Vajrajyoti

Vajrajyoti

Vajrajyoti has been actively involved in the Auckland Buddhist Centre since 2000 when she moved to Auckland from a women's retreat centre in Wales. Vajrajyoti is committed to helping create a vibrant, lively spiritual community in which we together deepen our wisdom and compassion. She's involved in facilitating study groups, leading retreats and generally helping people connect with each other and with the dharma.

Portrait of Karunajoti

Karunajoti

Karunajoti has been involved with the Auckland Buddhist Centre since 1999 when she first came along to learn to meditate. This led to a desire to learn more about the dharma through attending Buddhism classes, numerous retreats and joining study groups.

She became a mitra in 2002 and was ordained in Golden Bay, New Zealand in 2016. She has been the centre manager at the ABC since 2010 and is a member of the ABC council and teaching team.

Karunajoti loves being involved in creating conditions for Buddhism to flourish and enjoys seeing people from all walks of life come together to learn and practice meditation and the dharma.

She is also a holistic body therapist and loves nature, dance and poetry.

Portrait of Ratnavyuha

Ratnavyuha

Ratnavyuha has been actively involved with the Triratna Buddhist community since 1992. Ordained in 1999, he began his involvement at Aryaloka Retreat Centre near Boston (MA, USA), joined Windhorse Trading (a Buddhist right livelihood in Cambridge, UK which has since closed), and then contributing to the Sydney Buddhist Centre in Australia. In 2011 he moved to New Zealand to work at the Auckland Buddhist Centre and help with the Sudarshanaloka Retreat Centre project.

Over the years, Ratnavyuha has led many courses, classes, and retreats both in this region and abroad. As a senior member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, he is part of a team responsible for the men's ordination training process in New Zealand and Australia and involved with the running of both the Auckland Buddhist Centre and Sudarshanaloka Retreat Centre.

Portrait of Akasasri

Akasasri

For much of her life the outdoors and living with nature, especially New Zealand’s beautiful mountains, forests, rivers and coasts, has been where Akasasri has found her spiritual resonance and learnt how to navigate through the ups and downs of her life. This was until 2009 when she attended an ‘Introduction to Meditation’ course at the ABC and life has not been the same since. As she had with her outdoor activities, she has fully immersed herself with energy and enthusiasm in many of the activities of the Centre by helping teach on introductory courses, attending retreats and study groups, and helping on the Dharma Monday night team.

She was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in June 2017 at Akshavana in Spain.

Now with the life of raising a family behind her the Dharma is her life, sprinkled with lots of doses of nature, especially out on the Auckland West Coast where she and her partner are living post family.

Portrait of Bhadrakari

Bhadrakari

Born in 1946 she left home at 21 on a quest to find a deeper meaning to life. After much travelling and living and practicing with many different spiritual disciplines she came upon the Triratna Community in 1998 after one of her sons died in a car accident.

She has four living children and a few grandchildren. She was ordained in Spain in 2011, is very committed to the path of purification and has a passion for inspiring people to practise. She is involved in a variety of activities at the centre including the Tuesday morning Dharma discussion group and teaching daytime meditation classes.

Portrait of Sujiva

Sujiva

Sujiva, originally from India, first got inspired by Buddhism when he attended a beginner’s meditation course at the Wellington Buddhist Centre in 1993. His experience of learning to meditate soon deepened into an interest in exploring the 'nature of the mind' through Buddhist teachings & practice.

He was ordained in 2002 and has in 2011 returned to live in NZ after 10 years in the UK. During his time in the UK, he has taught meditation & Buddhism at the London & Cambridge Buddhist Centres, attended many intensive retreats and worked for a multinational Buddhist company.

He is a keen tramper, dancer, windsurfer & also works as an IT Consultant.