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Croydon has been home to FWBO / Triratna Buddhist communities and centres since 1968. Many early talks by well known speakers were recorded, both at Aryatara since 1979 and at the “new” Croydon Centre from 1981. These are now being transferred from their crumbling cassettes to digital format, as part of the Croydon Digital Archive Project, and are being made available to everyone.
We want to celebrate Bhante’s 90th birthday by releasing a previously unheard recording, made in 1990 at the Croydon Arts centre of Bhante the poet enjoying an evening with friends. The tape gives a very strong sense of Bhante enjoying the arts - he wanted to include the duet from the Pearl fishers as well as the poems, and includes a personal reflection of Sangharakshita by Naghabodhi.
There are more than 100 unheard recordings from different speakers, as well as historic photographs and documents, in the Croydon Digital Archive and we will be uploading them over the coming months so that they can be freely available.
If you would be willing to help us edit talks before uploading, please contact Carol at info [at] buddhistcentrecroydon.org