about our core team
Malcolm has been a Buddhist for 25 years, technologist and developer for longer. Melding the insights from his meditation practice with his observations of technical online communities and his skills with analysing systems, Malcolm enjoys using this knowledge to increase the effectiveness of those who are sharing the Wisdom they have gained from their own practice, and hopes that Odoko can, in some small way, contribute to the increasing spread of much needed Wisdom in this world.
He was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2000, when he was given the name Upayavira, which translates roughly into “He who finds creative ways to help others on the path to Enlightenment”. For much of the time since, he has used this name in his online and technical work – for example he is known as Upayavira at the Apache Software Foundation where he is a member and previously carried the role of VP Fundraising.
Since joining a residential Buddhist community in South London while still at school in the 70s, Jonny has several decades of experience practising and teaching meditation. Chairman of a Buddhist Centre in Islington, London in the 90s, he now combines managing the day to day operations of Odoko with sharing his broad insight and understanding of practices from across the world that lead to greater depth and wellbeing. He teaches online and face to face in the UK and in Asia.