Local Order Members


Viradhamma

Viradhamma

Viradhamma has been practicing with the Triratna Community since 1980. In 1994 he became the first Westerner to be ordained into the Triratna Order in India. He leads retreats, gives lectures and supports people who have asked for Ordination. Viradhamma is the Chairman of the North American Men's Ordination Team and a Private Preceptor. He is also a member of the Triratna International Council, a group that coordinates Triratna activities around the world.

In addition to his work in North America, Viradhamma visits India regularly to support the educational, social and Dharma programs of the Triratna Order. He is the Director of DharmaJiva, a charity that organizes delegations to India, and he is an Advisor to the Nagaloka Centre, a residential school that trains young Buddhist activists in community organizing and Dharma teaching.

Viradhamma lives with his family in the East Bay and plays orchestral and chamber music in his spare time.