Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

50 Years, 50 Voices: Jnanadakini

Posted by Candradasa on Tue, 4 September, 2018 - 17:39
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Immediately I said yes, and then I thought, ‘Oh, wow, it’s Venezuela… it’s almost like war!’ I didn’t know what kind of adventure it was going to be…

Jnanadakini’s Annals

In 1968 I was trying to understand the tragic political events in my country, Mexico, during the killing of many many students; and at the same time being moved by the Beatles song ‘All You Need Is Love’ and the Olympic games in Mexico.

In 1978 I was studying Sociology at the University, finding my individuality with leftists and feminist groups. Suffering a lot, confused and carrying a lot of anger. At the same time studying dance, which became my Refuge.

In 1988 I was dancing, dancing, dancing, touring at many places in Mexico and abroad, but carrying lots of sadness and confusion. I was married, I was unethical, and very sad because of my father’s illness. Trying to understand the meaning of life. Practicing Yoga which became another Refuge.

In 1998 I was taking my first meditation led by with Upekshamati, at the first Triratna Buddhist Center in Mexico City. Happily living with my husband Kavindu. A lot of happiness, with the intuition that I was about to start a new life.

In 2008 I was living my life as Dharmacharini, with lots of energy, taking lots of responsibilities at the Buddhist Center, by being the first Latin American Dharmacharini. With lots of ideas, good heart but little experience. Trying to do my best and many times feeling lonely.

In 2018 I am absolutely grateful for the Dharma, enjoying my life as yoga teacher and publishing a book on yoga. Very receptive to all that happens in the Order, becoming a Private Preceptor!!! More in touch with Green Tara and striving to bring the Dharma to other Latin American countries, also with the idea of Buddhafield Mexico.

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