Mahamudra has caring team of dedicated staff and volunteers to serve our visitors. A little about our long-term staff:
Director: Ven. Nangsel
Venerable Nangsel (Bernice McCombie) is a New Zealander originally from Wellington. She has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism since meeting the dharma at a Kopan course in 1992 following which she offered service at Mahamudra Centre where she volunteered for some years. Venerable has offered service at a number of FPMT centres including 3 years at International Office and 3 years at Root Institute in Bodhgaya. Ven Nangsel took Rabjung vows with Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche, her root guru, on New Year’s day 2007 and ordination with His Holiness the Dalai Lama the following Feburary after which she went into a 6 months retreat at Detong Ling, Kangaroo Island. Venerable returned to Mahamudra as Director in October 2007. Venerable is known for her humour and down-to-earth practical approach to applying teachings and practice in daily life. She is currently on a year-long sabbatical.
Founder and Acting Director (April 2018-2019): Roy Fraser
Assistant Director: Carey Aburn
Spiritual Program Coordinator: Sarah Brooks
Sarah has been studying and practicing Buddhism in FPMT centres since 1996. Prior to Mahamudra Centre, over the years she has volunteered and worked for Kadampa Center and Liberation Prison Project in the United States. She is a Foundational Services Seminar and Inner Job Description Facilitator for FPMT. She enjoys connecting to the community through leading meditation, introductory classes, and random acts of kindness. In her spare time she enjoys exploring mindfulness and photography.
Co-Manager: Suzi Rodgers
Co-Manager: Sarah Taylor
Sarah is currently co-manager at the Mahamudra centre where she fulfils many varied duties including creating a flow arts weekend programme. She previously worked in the field of mental health as a support worker and group facilitator of personal development and creative arts workshops and groups. She is also qualified massage practitioner of many years, and you can book a massage with her at the centre.
Sarah becoming interested in circus arts originally for fun and fitness then seeing the many benefits of learning a body mind activity a moving meditation practice such as hooping and poi, delights in sharing these skills
Sarah is known for her love of nature, adventure, connection, growth, rhythm and inspiration, and believes we are never too late too old or too unfit to try something new and bring play into our lives.
Housekeeping: Ness Mack
You can also book naturopath services and shitatsu body therapy at the centre with Ness.