NBO committee

The NBO is managed by an executive committee drawn from a range of Buddhist communities.

Kaspa Thompson

The Chair of the NBO is Kaspalita Thompson, known as Kaspa, who together with his wife, runs a Pureland Buddhist temple in Malvern and is a
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psychotherapist in private practice.
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Jo Backus

Jo is from the Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London, part of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) The NBO receives a ...
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Munisha is a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order (previously the WBO). Ordained in 2003, she is Triratna’s Liaison Officer: “Liaison” refers
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to relations with other Buddhist traditions in the UK and Europe. She is also Safeguarding officer to Triratna's European Chairs' Assembly, advising Triratna centres and retreat centres on policies and procedures for Safeguarding children and adults from harm in the context of Buddhist activities. She volunteers as Safeguarding officer to the NBO.    
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Saido Kennaway

Died 3rd March 2023. Read our post, remembering Rev. Saido.

Olivia Fuchs

Is the Eco Dharma Network Coordinator Olivia practices Buddhism with the lay organisation, Soka Gakkai International (SGI). She is a Research
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Fellow of the Centre for Applied Buddhism and was their COP26 project lead. As part of her interfaith work she is a member of the Make COP Count coalition and the Buddhist representative in the Religions for Peace UK Women of Faith network.
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Jamie Cresswell

President of the European Buddhist Union. He is a member of the Soka Gakkai International -UK and has practiced Buddhism for 28 years. His Buddhist
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background includes a degree in Buddhist studies and practice and study in many traditions and schools. Jamie is the Director of the Centre for Applied Buddhism. He is a member of the European Council of Religious Leaders and a trustee of Religions for Peace – UK. In his spare time Jamie sings with a male voice choir, attempts to compose music and walks in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside.
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Yann Lovelock

John Marder

Interfaith officer. Compiles the monthly NBO Info Mail News Summary