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50 Years, 50 Voices: Purna

Tue, 14 Aug, 2018 - 16:02

I couldn’t have done it any other way, as hard as it was…

Purna’s Annals 

In 1968 I turned 20 and was in the second year of a Maths and Physics degree. Joined my brother for a yacht trip around the South Pacific for two months, sailing to Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. Hove to for three days surviving a tropical cyclone. Finished my degree and started travelling in South-East Asia and India to find a Buddhist meditation teacher.

In 1978, having been ordained by Bhante on...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Aryadhi

Tue, 7 Aug, 2018 - 15:30

 I think it was the missing piece of the jigsaw, as it were.

Aryadhi’s Annals

In 1968 I was 6 years old, final year at infant school and struggling with the outside world as I experienced it through school.

In 1978 I was 16 and studying for ‘A’ levels, on the brink of adulthood but feeling an outsider, never really fitting in and very afraid.

In 1988 I was working in a classical music publishers in London and leading a life immersed in the arts – in and...

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Fifty Years, Fifty Voices: Introduction, Invitation & Kit

Mon, 23 Jul, 2018 - 11:35

Although we now have the first ‘Fifty Voices’ in the can and they’ll be appearing here in due course, they’re just a start in terms of the bigger vision of the project.  The editorial board (Lokeshvara, Nagabodhi and Vidyamala), Candradasa and I are all keen that as many voices of Order Members as possible are recorded while we still can.  One original suggestion for the project included recording the ‘first 50’ OMs - but on balance we decided to go...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Vessantara

Thu, 31 May, 2018 - 15:00

…there was something which came through Bhante which really was full of Dharma qualities, and that’s what started Triratna…

 Vessantara’s Annals
In 1968 I’m 18, and spend eight months working in clerical jobs, earning money before going to Cambridge University to study English. I’ve adopted a hippie view of the world and spend hours in my friend Les Doyle’s attic bedroom, which is painted black and decorated with silver foil, listening to early Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix. I’m reading about eastern religions,...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Karunadevi

Thu, 24 May, 2018 - 15:00

…these issues that were very controversial, they didn’t make me want to run away. But they did make me wonder whether I could be a part of the Order.

Karunadevi’s Annals
In 1968 I had recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from Iowa with my husband. I was 24 years old, had graduated from Iowa State University in ’66 and was teaching 4th grade. California was a very different culture, especially around San Francisco, and I felt both overwhelmed and enthralled...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Ratnakumar

Thu, 17 May, 2018 - 15:00

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.”

Ratnakumar’s Annals
In 1968 I wasn’t born.

In 1978 I wasn’t born.

In 1988 I was four years old, having been born into a low caste Hindu family in Orissa.

In 1998 I was about 14. I went to the birthday celebration of Dr Ambedkar with my cousin and decided that day to learn...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Amarapushpa and Chandrasiddhi

Thu, 10 May, 2018 - 15:00

I had been looking for so long.  And then I saw my first woman Order Member. And that was like the ‘fourth sight’… that inspired me to go for refuge.
Amarapushpa

It’s not something that has to do with ideas and concepts… It’s about more practical wholeness, with your heart.
Chandrasiddhi

N.B. En español e inglés / in English and Spanish

Amarapushpa’s Annals

In 1968 I was 15 and living in a very turbulent USA just...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Manjusvara

Thu, 3 May, 2018 - 15:00

Who needs perfection?  

Perfection is useless in the human life…

A few months ago I remembered that I’d heard a talk Manjusvara gave in 2007 called ‘20 years in the WBO’ on the 20th anniversary of his ordination. I thought it might contain some useful material for this project, so I looked it up on Free Buddhist Audio, only to discover that it had never been ‘released’. I live in the house where Manjusvara used to live (along with Ananda, Dhivan and Ananda’s partner...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Danayutta

Thu, 26 Apr, 2018 - 15:00

The moment she opened the door and I saw the Buddha… I felt fine.

Danayutta’s Annals
In 1968… not alive.

In 1978… not alive.

In 1988… I was 6 years old, just about to start primary school in a convent in Malaysia. I lived in a big house that my grandfather built, with my father’s extended family (there were his 7 siblings, plus grandmother and great grandmother, my two older brothers). There was a big mango tree in the garden with a fishpond underneath it that...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Ananda

Wed, 18 Apr, 2018 - 22:55

So my impression of Bhante was that he was a magician who had some secrets that I wanted to get…

Ananda’s Annals 
In 1968 I was a 24 year old hippy living in a Buddhist commune in Purley.  I was also a sound engineer working at the BBC.  I was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in April 1968.

In 1978 I was an ex-hippy art student studying for a Diploma in Graphic Design at Croydon College of Art.  I also began writing...

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