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At the Birmingham Buddhist Centre on the 3rd January 2016, Colum Lavelle was publicly ordained by Arthapriya. His private ordination took place during the course of the winter retreat at Padmaloka with Alokavira as his private preceptor. Many Order members and friends from different Triratna centres attended.
Colum Lavelle becomes Sthirabandhu - a Sanskrit name meaning ‘He who is an unwavering Kinsman’.