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The Travellers from Orissa – Countdown to #buddhaday – 5 days to go...

On Mon, 4 May, 2020 - 22:01
akasajoti's picture

As a special treat for you all this week as we countdown to #buddhaday we will be releasing a series of dharma reflections each day…⠀

Here, Maitreyabandhu reads us a poem from his second collection called Yarn.

According to tradition, two travellers met the Buddha just after his enlightenment and became his first disciples, Tapussa and Bhallika. They disappear from literature after that point, and the Travellers from Orissa is a long dramatic monologue, written by Maitreyabandhu, imagining their story.

Make some space and sit comfortably to spend 20 minutes listening to Maitreyabandhu spinning this yarn…

📖 Buy ‘Yarn’ from Bloodaxe Books.

🎧 Listen and download an audio of this reading here.

To see all our Buddha Day Dharma resources as they’re released, and for the full programme –⠀
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Padmavajri's picture

Thank you to Maitreyabandhu for reading your poem with such a potent mixture of tenderness, awe, and an everyday way of speaking. So beautiful! I felt I was there, with these characters. And thank you to everyone who has brought this into being on thebuddhistcentre online