Tribes and Individuals. Peter Woodcock, artist and writer, who has just died was good friends with many people in a number of different ‘tribes’. This was the last question in an 80 min. interview we made with Peter in conjunction with some BBC colleagues gathering material about the criminal purges of homosexuals in the 50s and 60s. Peter became a Dharmamitra within the Bristol sangha.
A good friend has just died. Death is in the air. Part Four of the Great Ocean series languishes on the bench. And so I gave myself up to play, in just a couple of hours I found the footage, laid in the music and found myself very moved. I might refine it at some point.
I came across this piece as I was scanning through some footage I’d been asked (and paid) to film in 2016 for Thomas Kaiser from Norway who was interviewing a number of people at Adhisthana. Thomas has kindly given me permission to share this gem of exposition.
‘Suryaprabha’s subtle visual means of conveying his message is an important contribution to the arts in [Triratna].’
Friendship is the lifeblood of our movement and Sangharakshita’s example is its source. But there is no real record of his friendships, and as time passes chances to create it diminish. What is needed is a film about Bhante and friendship.
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It is about Sangharakshita and friendship. There are two distinct elements: 50% his life as a series of friendship stories, the narratives are his own words, read offscreen by an actor*; 50% documentary interviews with people in different relationships to him.
* Uniformity of delivery plus great audio quality is good for intelligibility, intimacy and empathy.