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Aryavacin and Manjugita: Poetry and The Dharma Life (Full Talk in Spanish)

Sun, 26 Jun, 2022 - 11:51

Al igual que muchas de las historias que escuchamos en el proyecto Cincuenta Años, Cincuenta Voces, la amistad ha marcado la vida de los miembros de la Orden en toda nuestra comunidad internacional. En este episodio escuchamos a dos buenos amigos que comparten sus caminos y su historia de práctica del Dharma, con un toque poético. Desde Mérida, en el corazón de los Andes venezolanos, hasta el Centro Budista de la Ciudad de México, Aryavacin y Manjugita están animados por...

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Fifty Years, Fifty Voices: Akasasuri (Highlights)

Mon, 20 Jun, 2022 - 16:24

The first mettā bhavana I was completely blown over and that was it. I thought ‘If that is a way of living, I’d quite like to live that way.
 

Akasasuri Annals:

In 1967 I was 13 years old; a happy child in a little village in the South of Holland, near the Belgium border. I was attending secondary school in a nearby city 10 miles away. I had a lot of friends and was regularly send out of the classroom due...

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Fifty Years, Fifty Voices: Manidhamma (Highlights)

Wed, 8 Jun, 2022 - 11:25
The impact of Bhante’s visit was so great that I decided to give up my pilot’s career and go for training towards becoming an Order member…

Manidhamma’s Annals

In 1968 I was not yet born in this world. I was born after three years (1971) in a hamlet, Waghnath situated by confluence of the rivers Pus and Ship in central India. My parents were living a life of hardship and poverty, bonded labourers in the prevalent caste based social system of discrimination and...

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Prasadacarin: Friendship and the Path of Responsibility (Full Interview)

Sat, 4 Jun, 2022 - 11:17

Padmapani is my Yidam, two-armed Avalokitesvara… I came from a Pureland Mahayana tradition so I wanted all of the Buddhas and bodhisattvas to be part of my practice, but I gradually narrowed down… Avalokitesvara gave the Heart Sutra and bit by bit it became clear that, ‘Well, it’s just a question of how many arms!


When Prasadacarin’s school teacher organized a class visit to a Mahayana Buddhist temple in Stockholm, Sweden, he did not imagine his encounter with the Dharma...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Amritavani (Highlights)

Sat, 4 Jun, 2022 - 10:55

School runs every day, tantrums, tears (from me as well!)… Family life can be a messy life!



Amritavani’s Annals
In 1968 I was not yet born into this world.

In 1978 I was 3 years old and during this year my family moved from North Wales to Devon. My dad was in his early 20s and we moved as he found a new job in a shoe shop in Exeter.

In 1988 I was 13 years old. I was living in Exmouth in...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Shraddhavajri (Highlights)

Sat, 21 May, 2022 - 15:57

I say to ‘Padmasambhava, ‘You don’t have a body—I have a body… Use my body, and I’ll use your energy.
 

Shraddhavajri’s Annals
In 1988, I was about six or seven years old, living in Modinagar with my parents, three elder sisters and two brothers. I studied and enjoyed life with my family and relatives. My father taught us the Precepts and every Sunday it was compulsory to chant them with my family and other brothers and sisters. My...

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Vessantara - Finding Deeper and Deeper Reservoirs of Energy (Full Interview)

Fri, 20 May, 2022 - 19:05

Things have changed in the last 10 years or so. A lot of it was just building on what I’d received from Bhante and other Order Members and other people… over the years. But I think, for me, it feels as if those three years with all that time to completely focus on the Dharma did sort of liberate things or bring to fruition a lot of seeds that had been planted by Bhante and other people over a long

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Buddhadasa (Highlights)

From Triratna@50 on Thu, 12 May, 2022 - 17:08

I think it began for me when I was 8 years old…


 

Buddhadasa’s Annals
In 1968 - I was 25 and working as an interior designer with a firm of architects in Bloomsbury Square, London. It was the era of drawing boards and T squares and the time of transition from Imperial to Metric. It was also the year when decimalisation began to be introduced. This was my second and half-hearted attempt to establish a career having previously discharged...

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Ratnakumar - Changing Self, Changing World (Full Interview)

Tue, 10 May, 2022 - 17:00

I asked him, if I would go there, will I get food? And he said “Yes, obviously there will be a feast and you can have enough to eat.’ And I thought then, ’I’ll go.’

In 1998 when Ratnakumar was 13 years old, one of his cousins asked him if he’d like to go to a public meeting. That meeting just so happened to be an anniversary celebration for the birthday of Dr. Bimrao Ambedkar, the great leader of India’s Dalit community...

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Fifty Years, Fifty Voices: Season Two

Wed, 4 May, 2022 - 21:39

Fifty Years, Fifty Voices: Season Two

Wed, 4 May, 2022 - 21:39

And we’re back…! As the pandemic moves into a new phase we’re delighted to announce a second season of the Fifty Years, Fifty Voices project, picking up where we left off in 2019 

If you’re not familiar with this work, the project was begun in the 50th anniversary year of the Triratna Buddhist Order, with the aim of curating an audio archive and web exhibition reflecting on the inspiring, often messy, vibrant reality of living a Dharma-life and co-creating a new Buddhist tradition.

Season...