Buddhist Centre Features

Vidyamala, OBE! - A Platinum Jubilee Honour for Breathworks (The Buddhist Centre Podcast, Episode 432)

On Sat, 4 June, 2022 - 09:19
Centre Team's picture
Centre Team

We’re on the road this week with a festive episode of the podcast to celebrate Vidyamala: the extraordinary inspiration behind Breathworks who has just been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday 2022 Honours List. She has been honoured for her Services to Wellbeing and Pain Management as Co-founder of Breathworks, an organisation which teaches mindfulness-based approaches to people coping with pain, illness and stress.

In a riot of birdsong, on a beautiful day in early summer, we were delighted to be able to join Vidyamala in her garden just after the news broke, along with her partner Sona, and her friend Aryajaya. As well as marking the occasion, we remember the very hard road travelled through pain that led to the foundation of Breathworks and its vital contribution to the welfare of so many people. 

Having passed on her wisdom to over 600 accredited trainers in 35 countries, Vidyamala’s work isn’t “just mindfulness”—it’s now a whole transformative movement capable of reaching deep into society. In Vidyamala’s approach the simple application of awareness and kindness becomes an emotionally intelligent and deeply responsive re-imagining of the Buddhist path itself, ready to meet the huge challenges of suffering in the 21st Century. Vidyamala has brought this beautiful work to bear in her own life with great courage, grace and equanimity, opening up portals to freedom in hearts and minds all around the world.

Show notes
Visit Breathworks

See Breathwork’s Mindfulness for Managing Long Covid Course

Read more about Vidyamala’s OBE

Listen to Vidyamala on this podcast back in March 2020: The Blue Sky at the Heart of the Body

Visit Vidyamala’s personal website


Subscribe to The Buddhist Centre podcast: On Apple Podcasts  |  On Google Podcasts  |  On Spotify  |  On other podcast networks

News, event coverage, mantras and rituals, Dharma discussion with diverse guests from the Triratna Buddhist Community around the world, keeping you up-to-date with the latest in our sangha. 

Subscribe to our Buddhist Voices Podcast: On Apple Podcasts  |  On Google Podcasts  |  On Spotify  |  On others podcast networks

Our long form podcast, featuring great in-depth conversations with Buddhists from around the world. Inspiring stories that illuminate for modern times the Buddha’s example of how to live and find true freedom.

Log in or register to take part in this conversation