Silavadin (Meynard Vasen) was a care-worker for people with special needs in Steiner communities for many years, then a drama teacher, and after that he studied philosophy. He likes to compare buddhism with western philosophy. He lived four years in a retreat centre in Wales, Vajraloka, from where he became a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order. With the help of many people he built the Boeddhawierde in Usquert.
In the past years Mariëtta has explored Buddhism through Triratna and connected more and more with the Dharma. She recently became ‘mitra’. She works as a behaviour specialist in disability care. She has lived a few years in Scotland and New Zealand. In her free time she likes to travel together with her partner Michael.
Michael works in disability care, at the moment he is doing an internship as a behaviour specialist. Originially from Germany Michael has travelled and lived in South-Africa, India, Scotland and New Zealand. At the moment he calls Usquert his home. In his free time he travels with his partner Mariëtta and takes beautiful pictures of the landscapes they encounter.
Siddhi en Ratna
Siddhi and Ratna are brother and sister and grew up in the Boeddhawierde. Siddhi is extremely intelligent for a cat, he opens the cat flap from the wrong side, investigates everything, and you meet him in unexpected places. Ratna likes to sit in front of the window and meditate, and likes to fall asleep at the feet of the Buddha, just like us.
Triratna is a Buddhist movement that was founded by Sangharakshita (1925-2018).