Our Community

Achaladeva

Chairman


I fell in love with Guhyaloka on my first visit in 1993 – the silence, the forest, the beautiful views. After being ordained here in 1995, and doing a number of solitary retreats, I joined the community in 2006, working on maintenance, land management and some building projects, including being involved in the purchase and development of Uttaraloka. I left the community in 2013, but kept returning to help out when I could. When Vajrasiddhi decided to leave in early 2022, I had a strong intuitive response that I could come here and take on the chair role, which I started in July 2022. Guhyaloka is a beautiful place and through the many years of practice and ordination retreats, has become a sacred place for many men in the Triratna Order and movement. It is a privilege to be part of the community that looks after and protects this sacred space.

Amoghapala

Maintenance and Development


After leaving Brussels in August 2019 to participate in the Dharma Life Course in Adhisthana, I decided to join the community of Guhyaloka in January 2020 in order to work on maintenance of the centre. Guhyaloka is a magnificent and peaceful place which gives me time and space to deepen my practice of the Dharma.

Padmashalin

Kitchen


My name is Padmashalin and I was born in Sanare in Venezuela. In 2001 I went to Cambridge, England where I worked at Windhorse Publications for over a decade as Kitchen Manager. I was ordained at Guhyaloka in 2011, currently I am Kitchen Manager here. I support Guhyaloka because I believe it being vital for our Order and to future members of the Order.

Curtis

Solitary Cabins


I first got involved with Triratna after doing some basic meditation in a CBT course with the NHS. Then I started going to the Triratna Group in Eastbourne. I became a mitra in 2018 and asked for ordination shortly after. I volunteered at Evolution Arts in Brighton for two years, then in October 2020 I got a chance to come to Guhyaloka and thought it would be an excellent place to deepen my practice.








Vajranatha

Feldarbeit und alles, was so anfällt


Ich kam 1986 zum ersten Mal nach Guhyaloka und war sofort von diesem Ort begeistert.
Nachdem ich viele Jahre in Venezuela verbracht hatte, schloss ich mich 1999 für ein Jahr der Gemeinschaft hier an. Ich habe hier viele Retreats gemacht und verbinde dieses Tal mit einem Gefühl der spirituellen Erneuerung.
Im August 2020 kam ich hierher zurück und kümmere mich seitdem um die Mandel- und Oliventerrassen und andere kleine Aufgaben, um bei der allgemeinen Instandhaltung unserer Einrichtungen zu helfen.

Manjuvajra

Treasurer and Uttaraloka Caretaker


After almost fifty years of teaching and developing Triratna in Europe and the USA, I have ‘retired’ to Uttaraloka to explore the ‘forest life’ and support the facilities for others to join me.

The Guhyaloka Community was founded soon after the purchase of the property in 1986. At first it was a band of volunteers working under a very tight budget and difficult physical conditions to make El Morer and Bhante’s Bungalow habitable, and to build, from scratch, the retreat facilities for the following year’s Ordination Course. It was a deeply challenging time, but the work was completed on time and the first Course went ahead as planned. Since then there has always been a residential support community which is responsible for the maintenance and development of the facilities, including over twenty buildings and 60 hectares (150 acres) of wild forest with some cultivated terraces of almonds and olives. They also service the ordination courses and other retreats, look after those on solitary retreat, providing them with food and other support, and transporting everyone in and out of the valley. Although the hope is to have a minimum of six men living at Guhyaloka there are often only four or five – so it is a fairly demanding life but even so the community members manage to keep up an active spiritual life of meditation and study.

Community members receive full board and lodging and a small stipend to cover personal expenses as well as medical insurance. The nucleus of the community is ‘Bhante’s Bungalow’ which has a kitchen, a sitting room, an outdoor dining space and a couple of rooms for visitors. Nearby, scattered among the pine trees there are a number of wooden huts; one of which is used as the community shrine room and the others are for personal rooms. During the winter, if it is not in use, the community sometimes decamps to the relatively more comfortable accommodations at the retreat centre. The community follows a daily program of meditation, work, and puja as well as eating meals together, and a few meetings in the evenings for study and community business.

Generally speaking the community is made up of members of the Triratna Buddhist Order or men training to join the Order, and for historical reasons English is the primary language. Many of the community members have been from the UK. However since Britain has left the EU we are hoping that we will become much more internationally diverse. Although it is much more difficult now for British men to live at Guhyaloka for longer than three months we are hoping that after a couple of shorter visits we may be able to work towards obtaining full residency. We are presently (Early 2021) looking for two more men – preferably Order members – to join the community.

One of the original components of Sangharakshita’s vision for Guhyaloka was that it would also house a ‘vihara’ – a small community of men dedicated to spiritual practice with no other responsibilities – and over the decades there have been various manifestations of such a community. There has been a variety of personnel and regimens but they have all had a limited lifetime – although often lasting several years. Uttaraloka represents the latest incarnation of this ideal – albeit an ongoing temporary community – that we are calling a ‘forest hermitage and retreat‘.

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We are delighted to announce the ordinations of the following five men at Guhyaloka on Tuesday 27th September 2022.Public preceptor MahamatiNigel Ward becomes Dharmavartin, a Sanskrit name meaning 'He who dwells with the Dharma' (emphasis on the third syllable)Registered spelling DharmavartinPrivate preceptor MaitreyabandhuJonny Tyler becomes Shakyadharin, a Sanskrit name meaning 'He who upholds the teaching of the Buddha' (acute accent on the S, macron above the first a, emphasis on the first and third syllables).Registered spelling ShakyadharinPrivate preceptor VairocanaTom Barnes becomes Muditajina, a Sanskrit or Pali name meaning 'Joyful conqueror' (macron over the first a, emphasis on the fourth syllable)Registered spelling MuditajinaPrivate preceptor SanghadevaPublic preceptor YashodevaToby Smith becomes Abhayadhara, a Sanskrit name meaning 'He who bears in mind the quality of fearlessness' (macron over the fourth a, emphasis on the fourth syllable)Registered spelling AbhayadharaPrivate preceptor PrajnabandhuPublic preceptor MaitreyabandhuBert Monnoye becomes Vajrapani, a Sanskrit name meaning 'He who wields the Vajra' (macron over the third a and dot under the n, emphasis on the first and third syllables)Registered spelling VajrapaniPrivate preceptor Mahamati ... See MoreSee Less
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Guhyaloka wishes to further engage in eco-responsibility and reduce its carbon footprint.Each airline company invites you to donate a small amount of money to offset the carbon footprint of the flight. We’d like you to donate that money to us to support our efforts to make Guhyaloka as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible. To use the natural ressource we have (a lot of sun, a big forest and a small amount of annual rainfall) as best we can ! Guhyaloka is completly off grid and already we have solar electrics and much of our heating is from wood from the forest.To become more sustainable, we plan to:1- Replace the gas bottles for heating water with solar panels;2- Increase the capacity of the rainwater tank and build a new one to collect rainwater from the Library Hut and Yesso Huts;3- Increase the number of solar panels for our electrical supply;4- Purchase more environmentally friendly cleaning products and recycle where we can.We propose that, rather than giving this airline carbon offset money that you give us 5 or 10£ or more if you wich per flight and we’ll use that money for the above projects. If you make this donation, just ad dit to your retreat payment and let us know how much you are donating to this project. ... See MoreSee Less
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After a very hot and quiet August, the community is back together to prepare the centre for the month-long ordination retreat starting on 5 September!Después de un agosto muy caluroso y tranquilo, la comunidad vuelve a reunirse para preparar el centro para el retiro de ordenación de un mes de duración que comienza el 5 de septiembre. ... See MoreSee Less
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Both our vehicles have broken down and are in the garage! We are now stuck in the valley, depending on our neighbours to do the shopping.It's high time to think seriously about buying a new vehicle!Nuestros dos vehículos se han averiado y están en el garaje. Ahora estamos atrapados en el valle, dependiendo de nuestros vecinos para hacer la compra.Ya es hora de pensar seriamente en la compra de un nuevo vehículo. ... See MoreSee Less
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