Who we are
Simon began practising Buddhist meditation in 1994. He has taught meditation and Buddhism since 2000 in Ireland, UK and India, when he was ordained and given the name, Jyotika. In 2015 he qualified as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Trainer, graduating from the Institute of Mindfulness Based Approaches’ 18month training program.
In 2016 he completed a Master’s degree program at Dublin City University in Education and e-Learning; his thesis focusing on the place of Mindfulness in our modern, digital environment.
In 2010/11 he project managed the building of The Silver Mine in rural Wexford, which serves both as a home to himself, his wife and two children, and as a residential venue for courses in meditation and yoga.
Osadha first started practising Buddhism and meditation in the Dublin Buddhist Centre in 1993. He spent nine years living in the UK where he worked for a Buddhist business and also spent a year living in a retreat centre. He has taught meditation in the UK, Estonia and Ireland and was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1999.
Jnanesvari first started to meditate in the context of martial arts in the early 1990’s in Paris. Meditation taught in this context came from the Zen tradition with little teaching. In 1996 she became more interested in Buddhism at the Manchester Buddhist Centre in the UK. She spent several years learning about Buddhism and meditation in Paris and then in London. She lived within a Buddhist community and worked in a Buddhist business for 6 years. She was then ordained in the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2006. Her Buddhist name means “Queen of Wisdom”. The Triratna community focuses on commitment over lifestyle and has a “neither monk nor lay” approach. In 2007 she moved to Ireland and has lived a more conventional lifestyle since. She is currently married with 2 children and works in a University and hospital. She is particularly interested in making meditation and Buddhist teachings helpful for people regardless of lifestyle so that they experience benefits whatever their situation.
Gerry first learned to meditate at the Dublin Buddhist Centre in 1998 having had an interest in Buddhism from a young age. In 2005 he was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order, and given the name Dayananda which means ‘he who rejoices in kindness’. He has taught meditation for many years and for the past 14 years has helped lead a weekly morning meditation at the Centre. Dayananda runs a busy architectural practice and is married with three children and three grandchildren.