It’s very hard to imagine what my life would have been like if I hadn’t come across the Glasgow Buddhist Centre just over forty years ago. As a naively enthusiastic young man it was my good fortune to meet Bhante first through his talks and the order members inspired by his teaching the Dharma, then later more personally through individual meetings and in 1982 through ordination.
That ordination, witnessing, gave me a tremendous confidence to practice a Buddhist Path - at a time when it was a very fringe tradition. Bhante’s depth of Vision and Practice expressed through FWBO/Triratna, gave me a whole context for my life. Something I couldn’t have dreamt of. And something that felt familiar.
He has been a teacher in the true sense of the term: introducing me to views, practices and other like-minded individuals who have helped me grow and live a meaningful life. Without all this who knows where my destructive tendencies could have led me.
For all this and more I am deeply grateful.
With Love and Gratitude, Amoghavajra