On Friday the 9th of December, Vinay Khirade was ordained at Cambridge Buddhist Centre in a Public ordination. Vinay Khirade was given the Dharma name Akshayadipa, a Sanskrit name meaning 'He who gives inexhaustible light'.
Akshayadipa's Public Preceptor on the evening was Arthrapriya and his Private Preceptor was Arthasiddhi.
The event was witnessed by Akshayadipa's friends and family.
A beautiful evening of celebration and Sangha.
Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
Photo Credit - Jeremy Peters
It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing of Vidyasiddhi, who died at 8.35 pm on 20th November. He was 66 years old.
Vidyasiddhi had lived in Cambridge for many years, having worked for Windhorse: Evolution and later at Addenbrookes hospital before his retirement in January this year.
He first met with Triratna in Glasgow and had a successful career as a theatre stage manager in London.
We are awaiting details of his funeral.
There will also be an event to mark his life, which will be held at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre and we will confirm... Read More
As many of us may know, Yoga teacher Amber led an eight-hour Yogathon to raise funds for the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee for Ukraine) on Sunday 14th of August, 2022.
The Just Giving Page has raised a magnificent total of £1770, including gift aid so far!
All funds will go to support the DEC, and their local partners in Ukraine, to support the immediate needs of all people fleeing with food, water, medical assistance, protection and trauma care.
We will leave the fundraiser Just Giving page open to those who would like to share the fundraiser link or donate.... Read More
We would like to welcome Keturaja to his role as Centre Chair at Cambridge Buddhist Centre. He officially became Centre Chair on Dharma Day on Sunday and was handed the symbol of office by Arthapriya, who kindly took on the position of Interim Chair last year.
Some words from Keturaja -
'I wanted to thank the many members of the Sangha who have welcomed me and expressed their support for my becoming the new chair of the Cambridge Buddhist Centre. I have also been made to feel very welcome by the centre team and council. I very much look forward to working with those teams... Read More
Dear Sangha members,
We are delighted to announce that we have news that Eileen Merryweather was ordained at Akashavana on Saturday the 18th of June, 2022.
Eileen becomes Mokṣacārā, a Sanskrit name meaning 'She who walks the path of freedom'.
Mokṣacārā's Private preceptor was Saddhahadaya.
I am sure we will join in saying a big Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
Mokṣacārā will have an in-person, welcome-back evening on Wednesday the 27th of July, 19.30 - 21.00.
To attend, please book your place via the... Read More
Dear Sangha members,
It is with great pleasure that I can announce that at a meeting of the CBC’s Trustees on Monday we unanimously agreed to Keturaja becoming the next Chair of the Cambridge Buddhist Centre, and he has happily agreed.
The date for his inauguration as our new Chair has not yet been decided but we will let you know as soon as it is confirmed. We hope then to have a gathering of the sangha to witness and celebrate Keturaja taking on this important role.
With warmest good wishes,
On Saturday 7 May we held an early evening concert of French flute and Piano music with Brenda Dykes (flute) and Emma Chopourian (piano) performing music by Jules Mouquet, Faure and Debussy.
The concert was offered as a fundraiser for victims of the war in Ukraine and people were asked to pledge an amount as a donation. The response was hugely generous with over £700 pledged and £164 donated through bookings. So the total raised was over £800!
A big thank you to everyone who attended and donated, with a special thank you to our performers Brenda and Emma.
You can still... Read More
Dear fellow Sangha members,
Following the recent announcement that Vidyasakhi is having to step down as Centre Chair, we are pleased to tell you that Arthapriya has generously offered to take up the role of Interim Chair with immediate effect.
The Council of Trustees has unanimously accepted Arthapriya’s offer with gratitude, especially as it means that he very generously has changed some of his other important commitments in order to be available for us.
As many will know, Arthapriya is a Senior Order Member with past experience of being Chair at Manchester, and he is... Read More
Dear Fellow Sangha members,
At the beginning of last December we wrote to you to let you know that Vidyasakhi, our Chair, was needing to take some time out. She had been working extremely hard, especially since the beginning of the Pandemic period, and now urgently needed to recharge her batteries. We hoped back then that she would return in the New Year feeling refreshed and restored.
I’m afraid that hasn’t happened, and to compound things during her convalescence she broke her arm and caught Covid. It is becoming clearer to her that she is going to need to take a much... Read More
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Amarachandra as Womens' Mitra Convenor for Cambridge.
Amarachandra will be joining the Centre Council and working alongside the Centre Team. She starts her new role on 8th February and will no doubt be in touch to introduce herself soon. We will update you soon on the details of an evening to mark this significant event for the Cambridge Sangha.
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank Sunetri, Padmajata, and Sagaraghosa for being the point of contact whilst we were without a Womens' Mitra Convenor.