During July, I was on a ten-day European Chair’s Assembly at Vajrasana Retreat Centre in Suffolk. It was lovely to be with all the European Chair’s again but my mind was often with the people at Taraloka as I was aware there were some big changes happening during that time.
One special change was the arrival of Singhamati (who used to be called Lindsay) after her three month Ordination course at Akasavana. I saw her for about fifteen minutes before I drove off to Vajrasana. In that short time I saw her shaven-headed radiance and her pleasure at being back at Taraloka surrounded by friends, she looked very happy.
Singhamati’s new name means ‘lion-like mind’, and it’s a good name for her. Over the years, I’ve watched her grow into a spirited woman who is capable of taking on a lot of responsibility and leadership, as well as having a strong sense of integrity and kindness towards others. A great boon for Taraloka and for the Triratna Community in general.
Another change that happened whilst I was away, was that Kulaprabha left Taraloka and moved back to Glasgow on Tuesday 27th July – it was an important occasion for all of us!
Kulaprabha lived at Taraloka for eight years, through lots of change and challenge. She became a very familiar figure for women who came on retreat here as she led and supported many retreats during those eight years. She was a creative retreat leader, establishing new retreats and thinking through ideas that she believed Taraloka should offer women in terms of meditation and Dharma practice. She also visited many centres giving talks and running weekend events.
In the Community, she was always popping into my room with a new idea or a particular question that she wanted to talk through, and I’ll miss her energetic engagement with various projects and her willingness to support me in my work as Chair.
Looking back over the last eight years, I can see how she bought an intelligent creativity to Taraloka, with an
Kulaprabha closing the energy project deal
ambitious vision that has pushed the whole project in new directions. One such direction has been the recent change from oil-based heating and hot water to a system now fuelled by solar power and wood pellets. I’m still getting used to the miracle of having water heated by the sun! Amazing!
When Kulaprabha left the Community she was presented with a gift: a special digital camera connected to a bird nesting box. It was a complete surprise to her and she loved it – it was in fact a perfect gift for her as it bought together her love of gadgets, cameras, and bird watching. I hope her new life supports her in many hours of witnessing eggs hatching and young birds feeding and all that sort of thing, whilst in the comfort of her own room.
At Taraloka, we all wish Kulaprabha well in her new life, she’s contributed a great deal to this project and the effects will continue to be appreciated for many generations.