Tejananda John Wakeman


Tejananda is my Buddhist name; my family name is John Wakeman. I’ve been living at Vajraloka, a Buddhist meditation centre in North Wales for the last 19 years & have been centre chair since 2001 (I think!) Vajraloka is part of the Triratna Community, formerly FWBO, and I’m a member of what is now known as the Triratna Buddhist Order, ordained by Sangharakshita in 1980. I've also studied with Lama Shenpen Hookham and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamptso Rinpoche.






 'All-Good' Samantabhadra, our true nature as  intrinsic primordial Awareness



My life centres around Dharma practice - meditation & Buddhism, indeed any approach that points to waking up to who and what I / we really are. I teach and lead workshops and meditation retreats as well as writing on meditation and Buddhism. 


 I've published one book: The Buddhist Path to Awakening (see Amazon co uk or Amazon com for some appreciative reviews and to order - though it's now out of print, copies can still be found!)



I’m also very keen on climbing, trekking, running & especially, these days, road and MTB cycling. I've also been practising yoga (intermittently!) for over 30 years.



Here I am on the Cho-la pass (around 5300 m) between the Gokyo and Khumbu valleys near Everest, in March 2008 



On Kala Patthar, 5545m, with Everest behind us, and just 5 miles to the summit (but this was as far as we went!)



Also ... I love all kinds of music, from classical to modern to electronica to modern rock drone, drone-doom and post-metal.  Currently listening to Orlfur Arnalds, Russian Circles and Ulver. Check my current listening at http://www.last.fm/user/johnwakeman. I  also read a lot and browse the web a good deal!


Other stuff on this site: 

My Writings

On meditation and buddhism

Other sites: 


My Flickr pages 


Triratna Community


Triratna  main site

Triratna News 

Wildmind - Buddhist Meditation

Free Buddhist Audio 

Triratna  Photos

Other Dharma Links 

Buddhism Connect

Dzogchen Practice 


 Trekking, Mountains etc. 

Mountain Monarch Nepalese trekking company - highly recommended


Internet stations





Cult of Luna 


Sunn O)))

(Recommended - if you like doom/ drone / sludge / post-metal, that is!)