Public Preceptor Appointment: SucimaniOn Wed, 29 November, 2023 - 16:33
Dear Order members + friends,
The College of Public Preceptors is delighted to announce the appointment of Sucimani as a Public Preceptor.
You can read more about Sucimani in her own words, below.
I was born in Crystal Palace, South London in 1962 to young parents. I love that I was born there as I was later named Sucimani which means pure jewel.
I had two younger brothers.
I came along to the Croydon Buddhist Centre after a passionate love affair ended. I was looking for something to give meaning to my life as I’d not found it in a relationship nor in studying history and sociology for my degree. I immediately felt at home at the centre and continue to be part of the Croydon sangha.
I married my dear husband - Douglas - around the same time that I found Buddhism and we live happily together.
I was ordained both publicly and privately by Dhammadinna in 1999 at Il Convento and have completely loved being in the order.
After ordination I worked in team based right livelihood - we had a wholefood shop in Croydon - with some great women for about 8 years. I had no plans to leave when my dad and my youngest brother died within 3 years of each other. Both were unexpected deaths. My dad was 64 and died of an undiagnosed heart condition and my brother committed suicide. I needed lots of space and time to be with and face into what had happened. I spent time gazing at the sky.
I then spent a very happy decade holding various order responsibilities. I was a regional order, part of the area and international councils, part of the buddhist centre online editorial board, a trustee and later chair of the Triratna trust. I loved having the opportunity to express my love for being part of the order in this way.
I had stepped out of these responsibilities and created a space for something else to arise when I was asked to become a public preceptor. I was appointed a private preceptor in 2015 and have very much enjoyed the privilege of ordaining other women.
I am a devoted Green Tara practitioner.