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Fifty Years, Fifty Voices: Abhaya (Highlights)

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Sat, 1 Oct, 2022 - 11:48

“You have to balance or hold the bearer of the archetype with the ordinary human being, that’s very important. Because there’s no way you’re going to reconcile them.”

Abhaya Annals:

In 1968 I was living in Cornwall with my family, sharing in a kind of family community experiment. I had met Bhante and the seedling movement a year before at his first summer retreat at Haslemere, Surrey.

In 1978 I was working as a carpenter at Sukhavati in Bethnal Green, which soon came to be...

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Dharmabyte: What is the Enlightened Mind?

From Free Buddhist Audio on Mon, 19 Sep, 2022 - 06:00

Vishvapani looks behind the veils of history, legend and the texts themselves to conjur a vivid, felt image of the Buddha’s personality. In a series of beautifully observed close-up drawings from the Pali Canon we are left with a portrait of spiritual genius that is both enigmatically distant and thoroughly human.

From the talk The Buddha’s Personality, part of the series Gautama Buddha, given at London Buddhist...

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Fifty Years, Fifty Voices: Manjuvajra (Highlights)

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Wed, 10 Aug, 2022 - 09:55

What’s happened over the years is I’ve got more and more confident in the existence of the Buddha, the effectiveness of the Dharma and the joy of the Sangha.

Manjuvajra’s Annals:

In 1968 I was 21 years old, living in London, enjoying the ‘Swinging 60’s’, studying physics at Imperial College, exploring sex and drugs, dabbling in religion and psychology, and spending the summer hitch-hiking with my future wife across Europe to Yugoslavia and Turkey.

In 1978 I was doing research connected with...

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Fifty Years, Fifty Voices: Rijumayi (Highlights)

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Wed, 20 Jul, 2022 - 15:21

No-one was ‘sugar-coating’ things, or trying to give me priorities I didn’t subscribe to. I think there’s a real framework for transformation in the direction that I was looking for.

Rijumayi’s Annals:

In 1968 I was not yet born.
In 1978 I was not yet born.
In 1988 I was short. Tearing around on a bike, going to primary school, playing sport and generally surviving childhood.
In 1998 I was...

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Fifty Years Fifty Voices: Atula (Highlights)

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Thu, 30 Jun, 2022 - 14:35

I had to come into relationship with what was happening to me. I couldn’t run away any longer.

Atula Annals:

In 1968 I was in my hometown, Whitstable, Kent, struggling as a self-employed carpenter. Getting myself into terrible debt.

In 1978 I was living and working on-site as the foreman and worker (mainly worker!) in the Sukhavati/Old Fire Station/LBC building project. It was the last phase. I’d been involved with the ‘Friends’ for 7-8 years and ordained 2 years. Some time...

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

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on 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)

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on 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)

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on 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)

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on 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)

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on 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...