Sarvananda (Alastair Jessiman) was born and educated in Glasgow. In 1987, after being ordained as a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, he moved to Norwich where, over the last twenty years, he has taught classes in Buddhism and meditation.
At present he earns a living by writing and has had ten plays and two comedy series, including Boxer and Doberman, broadcast on BBC Radio. He is also the education officer for the Norwich Buddhist Centre and has a particular interest in meditation.
Sarvananda is author of Meaning in Life: A Buddhist View (2009) and Solitude and Loneliness: A Buddhist View (2012).