Lokamitra (Jeremy Goody)

Founder and Advisor


Born in London, UK, he was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order (now known as the Triratna Buddhist Order) in 1974 by his teacher, Urgyen Sangharakshita. Since 1978 he has been living in India working mainly amongst followers of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. He initiated and for many years, developed the Buddhist and social activities […]

Ramdas Tukaram Meshram (Vivekaratna)



He has played a leading role in the development of Nagarjuna Institute from the very beginning. From 2002 until 2018, he was the Director of Nagarjuna Institute, and responsible for training hundreds of students.  He took early retirement from Government service in order give himself more fully to this work. At present his most important […]

Maitreyanath A. Dhammakirtee

Deputy Chairman/Secretary


As a youth he worked for the Buddhist Society of India (founded by Dr. Ambedkar). In 1980 he came into contact with the Triratna Buddhist Community (TBC) in Pune.  Since 1983 he has worked in various capacities for the TBC, playing a leading role in developing Bahujan Hitay social projects throughout Maharashtra and elsewhere, and […]

Ravindra Bhaware (Manidhamma)



With an M.A. in Dr Ambedkar Thought, and very well studied in Buddhism, Manidhamma has played a significant role in the development of Dhamma activities in Hyderabad, Yewatmal and Nagpur, and in teaching at the Nagarjuna Training Institute. Most of the time he is travelling, running a Buddhist travel service, not only bringing Buddhists from […]

Trinath Kanta (Maitreyaratna)



A student at Nagarjuna Institute between 2006-07 (5th Batch), Maitreyaratna, is a school teacher in Orissa where he comes from. He is the chair of the Nagaloka Association, a trust set up by Nagarjuna Institute alumni to consolidate, coordinate and develop their activities. As such he is continuously in contact with alumni all over India.

Archana Thosar (Vajrajaya)



Since studying at Nagarjuna Institute between 2002-3(1st Batch) she has been working at the Manuski Centre, Pune, firstly as a librarian and more recently a social worker (completing her M.Lib and MSW from Pune University). As part of the Ashoka Dhammaduta programme, she is coordinating Pune based women alumni of the Nagarjuna Institute to help […]

Dr. Swati Ughade (Amitamati)



Working in a renowned Medical College of Mumbai, as a Senior Scientific Officer on Woman and Children health from under privileged backgrounds, she also contributes actively to her Trade Union.  She was an award winning student of Tata Institute of Social Sciences , Mumbai, when she pursued her Masters in Gobalisation and Labour Studies, her […]

Maitriveer Nagarjuna/Prof Santosh Raut

Trustee and Director Nagarjuna Training Institute


A professor in the Philosophy Dept of English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, and with a Ph.D in Buddhist aesthetics,  he has a deep understanding of Dr. Ambedkar’s thought and philosophy, and especially of his conversion to Buddhism. He is developing the Nagarjuna Training Institute so that it makes a vital contribution to Dr. Ambedkar’s […]