Moksalila I was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2006. Moksalila means ‘she whose play is freedom’. I’m a mother and live with my partner, also an ordained buddhist. For most of my working life, I’ve been a counsellor and massage therapist.

For the last decade, I’ve worked in cancer care on a palliative care ward, supporting those with life limiting illness and those at the end of life. This has been through massage and healing. I was drawn to this particular work from the age of 30 when I discovered a book by Stephen Levine ‘Meetings at the Edge’ - conversations with the dying and grieving. It left a deep impression.

It has been the greatest gift to witness those at the end of their lives. For me, the work has been a constant reminder to appreciate life, and to treasure our connections with one another. Reflecting on impermanence continues to be at the heart of my buddhist practice.

I love being on the team for ‘This precious opportunity’ - a retreat that helps us to become intimate with the raw, tender and beautiful faces of impermanenceand this precious fleeting life