Vishvāntarā has been writing poetry since her earliest years and has had some magazine and competition successes over the last decade. She lives in London in a Buddhist residential community and teaches at the London Buddhist Centre. She earns an enjoyable living as a piano teacher.

Vishvāntarā was given her name when she was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2005. It means ‘she who carries a universe within’. Receiving a new name is symbolic of initiation into a new life—one orientated more and more around Buddhist values.

Some of her poems reflect the meditative practice central to the poet’s life. Others are totally unexpected.

Cursive, HappenStance 2015