Celebrating 50 years of the Triratna Buddhist Order (1968-2018)

Fifty Years, Fifty Voices: starting to capture the vibrant, messy reality of what it’s like to be part of co-creating the new lineage which is the Triratna Buddhist Order.

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Manjuvajra: My relationship to the Order

Manjuvajra: My relationship to the Order

Manjuvajra: “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: “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.”

Maitripala: Looking Into the Future

Maitripala: Looking Into the Future

Maitripala: Seeing Through Dharmic Lenses

Maitripala: Seeing Through Dharmic Lenses

Maitripala: A View Seen Through

Maitripala: A View Seen Through

Maitripala: Being a Maitripala

Maitripala: Being a Maitripala

Maitripala: First Meeting with an Order Member

Maitripala: First Meeting with an Order Member

Maitripala: What started it for you?

Maitripala: What started it for you?

Maitripala: “I don’t need to go away from samsara to be really going for refuge. I can be right in the middle of it.”

Maitripala: “I don’t need to go away from samsara to be really going for refuge. I can be right in the middle of it.”

Dhammadinna: What Do You Like About The Movement and Order?

Dhammadinna: What Do You Like About The Movement and Order?

Dhammadinna: Talking to Bhante Sangharakshita about Facebook and Twitter

Dhammadinna: Talking to Bhante Sangharakshita about Facebook and Twitter

Dhammadinna: Lifestyle, Marriage and Friendship

Dhammadinna: Lifestyle, Marriage and Friendship

Dhammadinna:  My First Retreat & Meeting Bhante Sangharakshita

Dhammadinna: My First Retreat & Meeting Bhante Sangharakshita

Dhammadinna: Spotting Patterns in One’s Life

Dhammadinna: Spotting Patterns in One’s Life

Dhammadinna: “I want people to have the freedom to do what they need to do to grow as individuals AND I want the movement to have that very strong collective dimension. That can be a source of tension for me.”

Dhammadinna: “I want people to have the freedom to do what they need to do to grow as individuals AND I want the movement to have that very strong collective dimension. That can be a source of tension for me.”

Suryaka: Individuality and The Order

Suryaka: Individuality and The Order

Suryaka: Formless Connection and a Sense of Calling

Suryaka: Formless Connection and a Sense of Calling

Suryaka: Vairocana

Suryaka: Vairocana

Suryaka: Team-based Right Livelihood

Suryaka: Team-based Right Livelihood

Suryaka: What started it for you?

Suryaka: What started it for you?

Suryaka: “I need some sort of channel in my life, so that my energy can flow into it, really strongly.”

Suryaka: “I need some sort of channel in my life, so that my energy can flow into it, really strongly.”

Rijumayi: The Bodhisattva Ideal

Rijumayi: The Bodhisattva Ideal

Rijumayi: Not Wasting Time

Rijumayi: Not Wasting Time

Rijumayi: Visiting Adhisthana, going deeper on retreat

Rijumayi: Visiting Adhisthana, going deeper on retreat

Rijumayi: Receiving the name

Rijumayi: Receiving the name

Rijumayi: What started it for you?

Rijumayi: What started it for you?

Rijumayi: “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: “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.”

Jayadevi: The Buddha

Jayadevi: The Buddha

Jayadevi: What I value about the Triratna Buddhist Community

Jayadevi: What I value about the Triratna Buddhist Community

Jayadevi: Death and Dying

Jayadevi: Death and Dying

Jayadevi: Practising as a mother

Jayadevi: Practising as a mother

Jayadevi: Meditation practice over time and becoming a mother

Jayadevi: Meditation practice over time and becoming a mother

Jayadevi: If I hadn’t come across the Dharma

Jayadevi: If I hadn’t come across the Dharma

Jayadevi: What’s changed my life and practising as a teacher

Jayadevi: What’s changed my life and practising as a teacher

Jayadevi: “I’d be a bitter, burned-out trade unionist, I think, if I wasn’t a Buddhist…”

Jayadevi: “I’d be a bitter, burned-out trade unionist, I think, if I wasn’t a Buddhist…”

Atula: The nature of Insight

Atula: The nature of Insight

Atula: Danger In the ordination process

Atula: Danger In the ordination process

Atula: A system of practice

Atula: A system of practice

Atula: The ‘Soul’ approach and the True Individual

Atula: The ‘Soul’ approach and the True Individual

Atula: Turning towards

Atula: Turning towards

Atula: Call and response, ritual and the artist

Atula: Call and response, ritual and the artist

Atula: What started it for you?

Atula: What started it for you?

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

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

Akasasuri: The centrality of Going For Refuge

Akasasuri: The centrality of Going For Refuge

Akasasuri: My Relationship To Bhante Sangharakshita

Akasasuri: My Relationship To Bhante Sangharakshita

Akasasuri: Working for the movement and taking a year out

Akasasuri: Working for the movement and taking a year out

Akasasuri: Service

Akasasuri: Service

Akasasuri: Going Forth and friendship

Akasasuri: Going Forth and friendship

Akasasuri: What started it for you?

Akasasuri: What started it for you?

Akasasuri: “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: “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.'”

Manidhamma: Dharma Practise Is Not Easy

Manidhamma: Dharma Practise Is Not Easy

Manidhamma: First Meeting with Bhante Sangharakshita

Manidhamma: First Meeting with Bhante Sangharakshita

Manidhamma: Meeting a First Order Member

Manidhamma: Meeting a First Order Member

Manidhamma: Meditation

Manidhamma: Meditation

Manidhamma: What started it?

Manidhamma: What started it?

Manidhamma: “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: “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…”

Amritavani: Practising as a mother (part 2)

Amritavani: Practising as a mother (part 2)

Amritavani: Practising as a mother (part 1)

Amritavani: Practising as a mother (part 1)

Amritavani: Receiving her name

Amritavani: Receiving her name

Amritavani: Going Forth and the ordination retreat

Amritavani: Going Forth and the ordination retreat

Amritavani: Meeting an Order Member for the first time

Amritavani: Meeting an Order Member for the first time

Amritavani: Call and response

Amritavani: Call and response

Amritavani: “School runs every day, tantrums, tears (from me as well!)… Family life is a messy life.”

Amritavani: “School runs every day, tantrums, tears (from me as well!)… Family life is a messy life.”

Shraddhavajri: Being far from other Order members – meditation as an agent of change – a girl called “petrol”

Shraddhavajri: Being far from other Order members – meditation as an agent of change – a girl called “petrol”

Shraddhavajri: Sangha as an opportunity – Doctor Ambedkar as hero and love – working with mind, working for society

Shraddhavajri: Sangha as an opportunity – Doctor Ambedkar as hero and love – working with mind, working for society

Shraddhavajri: Meeting the Order as a child and practising karate

Shraddhavajri: Meeting the Order as a child and practising karate

Shraddhavajri: “I say to ‘Padmasambhava, ‘You don’t have a body—I have a body… Use my body, and I’ll use your energy.”

Shraddhavajri: “I say to ‘Padmasambhava, ‘You don’t have a body—I have a body… Use my body, and I’ll use your energy.”

Buddhadasa: The Bodhisattva Ideal And The Revolutionary Edge

Buddhadasa: The Bodhisattva Ideal And The Revolutionary Edge

Buddhadasa: Purpose, Old Age and Death

Buddhadasa: Purpose, Old Age and Death

Buddhadasa: Going to New Zealand and Australia

Buddhadasa: Going to New Zealand and Australia

Buddhadasa: Relationship with Sangharakshita

Buddhadasa: Relationship with Sangharakshita

Buddhadasa: First Meeting with Sangharakshita

Buddhadasa: First Meeting with Sangharakshita

Buddhadasa: What Started It For You?

Buddhadasa: What Started It For You?

Buddhadasa: “I think it began for me when I was 8 years old…”

Buddhadasa: “I think it began for me when I was 8 years old…”

Malini: What does Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels mean to you?

Malini: What does Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels mean to you?

Malini: How she came to marry Purna

Malini: How she came to marry Purna

Malini: Return after withdrawal

Malini: Return after withdrawal

Malini: What started it for you?

Malini: What started it for you?

Malini: “I have a very definite sense of something which is above and beyond mundane living, and that’s what draws me. That’s what Going for Refuge is for me.”

Malini: “I have a very definite sense of something which is above and beyond mundane living, and that’s what draws me. That’s what Going for Refuge is for me.”

Dharmashalin: Passing on a culture of love and kindness

Dharmashalin: Passing on a culture of love and kindness

Dharmashalin: Playing games – the ethics of the private moment and breathing out ease

Dharmashalin: Playing games – the ethics of the private moment and breathing out ease

Dharmashalin: Being given the name Dharmashalin

Dharmashalin: Being given the name Dharmashalin

Dharmashalin: Sangharakshita’s character and its shaping effect on Triratna

Dharmashalin: Sangharakshita’s character and its shaping effect on Triratna

Dharmashalin: First encounter with the magic of the Dharma

Dharmashalin: First encounter with the magic of the Dharma

Dharmashalin: “This is living a Dharma life. This is actually applying it. This is mess in progress.”

Dharmashalin: “This is living a Dharma life. This is actually applying it. This is mess in progress.”

Vijaya: Vijaya’s first meeting with Bhante Sangharakshita and her devotion to the sangha he founded

Vijaya: Vijaya’s first meeting with Bhante Sangharakshita and her devotion to the sangha he founded

Vijaya: Vijaya’s first experience of ordaining someone else – being part of a chain back to the Buddha

Vijaya: Vijaya’s first experience of ordaining someone else – being part of a chain back to the Buddha

Vijaya: Vijaya’s first experience of the Dharma, of compassion and the spirit of the Order

Vijaya: Vijaya’s first experience of the Dharma, of compassion and the spirit of the Order

Vijaya: The meaning of Vijaya’s name – working with depression and a shared experience of grief

Vijaya: The meaning of Vijaya’s name – working with depression and a shared experience of grief

Vijaya: “Who I am? I am just a little part of this process which is coming from the Buddha.”

Vijaya: “Who I am? I am just a little part of this process which is coming from the Buddha.”

Prasadacarin: A thread of faith in the Dharma

Prasadacarin: A thread of faith in the Dharma

Prasadacarin: On Padmapani, two-armed Avalokiteshvara, as a human form

Prasadacarin: On Padmapani, two-armed Avalokiteshvara, as a human form

Prasadacarin: Why Prasadacarin committed to Triratna as a sangha

Prasadacarin: Why Prasadacarin committed to Triratna as a sangha

Prasadacarin: Discovering Stockholm Buddhist Centre and other young Buddhist practitioners

Prasadacarin: Discovering Stockholm Buddhist Centre and other young Buddhist practitioners

Prasadacarin: How Prasadacarin first came across the Dharma

Prasadacarin: How Prasadacarin first came across the Dharma

Prasadacarin: “It was quite mindblowing that people were actually trying to practice…”

Prasadacarin: “It was quite mindblowing that people were actually trying to practice…”

Aryavacin y Manjugita: Reflecting on the next 50 years of Triratna

Aryavacin y Manjugita: Reflecting on the next 50 years of Triratna

Aryavacin y Manjugita: Aryavacin’s encounter with Amoghasiddhi during his Ordination course

Aryavacin y Manjugita: Aryavacin’s encounter with Amoghasiddhi during his Ordination course

Aryavacin y Manjugita: Our Order names – the meaning given at ordination, how we responded at the time, how we connect with their meaning now

Aryavacin y Manjugita: Our Order names – the meaning given at ordination, how we responded at the time, how we connect with their meaning now

Aryavacin y Manjugita: Our ordinations – the impact on Sangha in Mexico and on Venezuelans

Aryavacin y Manjugita: Our ordinations – the impact on Sangha in Mexico and on Venezuelans

Aryavacin y Manjugita: Manjugita reading one of her poems ‘The Mirror’ (El Espejo) – the metaphors she delights in

Aryavacin y Manjugita: Manjugita reading one of her poems ‘The Mirror’ (El Espejo) – the metaphors she delights in

Aryavacin y Manjugita: “…and I fell in love with the Order”

Aryavacin y Manjugita: “…and I fell in love with the Order”

Aryadhi: Being diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and finding support

Aryadhi: Being diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and finding support

Aryadhi: Working with alcoholism as a Dharma practitioner

Aryadhi: Working with alcoholism as a Dharma practitioner

Aryadhi: A first friend in the Order

Aryadhi: A first friend in the Order

Aryadhi: How Aryadhi got started as a Buddhist

Aryadhi: How Aryadhi got started as a Buddhist

Danayutta: Her Order name and connection to the Buddha

Danayutta: Marriage, living situations and security

Danayutta: Marriage, living situations and security

Danayutta: Joining a community

Danayutta: Joining a community

Danayutta: Asking for ordination

Danayutta: Asking for ordination

Danayutta: Seeing the Buddha on her first retreat

Danayutta: Seeing the Buddha on her first retreat

Jnanadakini: Meeting with the Order as a practice in itself

Jnanadakini: Meeting with the Order as a practice in itself

Jnanadakini: Taking the Dharma through Latin America

Jnanadakini: Taking the Dharma through Latin America

Jnanadakini: A huge name for a huge continent

Jnanadakini: A huge name for a huge continent

Karunadevi: Personal change and social change

Karunadevi: Personal change and social change

Karunadevi: Cultural difference, families, hierarchy and growing as an individual

Karunadevi: Cultural difference, families, hierarchy and growing as an individual

Karunadevi: What started you off as a Buddhist?

Karunadevi: What started you off as a Buddhist?

Karunadevi: Introducing Karunadevi and her spiritual background

Karunadevi: Introducing Karunadevi and her spiritual background

Manjusvara: Proving yourself in life before you get ordained

Manjusvara: Proving yourself in life before you get ordained

Manjusvara: The danger of projection when you identify as an Order member

Manjusvara: The danger of projection when you identify as an Order member

Manjusvara: The right amount of perfection

Manjusvara: The right amount of perfection

Manjusvara: Ethics and being guardians of awakeness

Manjusvara: Ethics and being guardians of awakeness

Manjusvara: Work as practice and not hiding from life

Manjusvara: Work as practice and not hiding from life

Megha: What makes your heart sing?

Megha: What makes your heart sing?

Megha: Taking on responsibility as a Preceptor

Megha: Taking on responsibility as a Preceptor

Megha: Community living in 1975

Megha: Community living in 1975

Megha: Come and see the Dharma for yourself

Megha: Come and see the Dharma for yourself

Ratnakumar: How he would like to live and be remembered

Ratnakumar: How he would like to live and be remembered

Ratnakumar: A gradual transformation

Ratnakumar: A gradual transformation

Ratnakumar: Caste and fighting

Ratnakumar: Caste and fighting

Ratnakumar: On first hearing about Doctor Ambedkar

Ratnakumar: On first hearing about Doctor Ambedkar

Vessantara: On ‘energy’

Vessantara: On ‘energy’

Vessantara: Bhante’s strengths in the early days of the Order

Vessantara: Bhante’s strengths in the early days of the Order

Vessantara: Receiving his name

Vessantara: Receiving his name

Vessantara: Meeting Subhuti for the first time

Vessantara: Meeting Subhuti for the first time

Vajratara: Looking back on Triratna’s past with gratitude

Vajratara: Looking back on Triratna’s past with gratitude

Vajratara: Myths that attract – Avalokiteshvara and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Vajratara: Myths that attract – Avalokiteshvara and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Vajratara: What draws you on in practice?

Vajratara: What draws you on in practice?

Vajratara: Vajratara’s eureka moment

Vajratara: Vajratara’s eureka moment

Vajratara: Early experiences around suffering and personal responsibility

Vajratara: Early experiences around suffering and personal responsibility

Ananda: First meeting with Bhante

Ananda: First meeting with Bhante

Ananda: Recording Bhante’s talks on tape

Ananda: Recording Bhante’s talks on tape

Ananda: Buddhism, poetry and feelings

Ananda: Buddhism, poetry and feelings

Ananda: Ideas of male friendship at the time

Ananda: Ideas of male friendship at the time

Ananda: Ananda’s trajectory on the path

Ananda: Ananda’s trajectory on the path

Amoghasiddhi: Being named Amoghasiddhi

Amoghasiddhi: Being named Amoghasiddhi

Amoghasiddhi: Early days of the Order in Nagpur – a visit from Sangharakshita

Amoghasiddhi: Early days of the Order in Nagpur – a visit from Sangharakshita

Amoghasiddhi: Childhood tragedy and discovering Buddhism

Amoghasiddhi: Childhood tragedy and discovering Buddhism

Amoghasiddhi: Asking for ordination and reading Sangharakshita

Amoghasiddhi: Asking for ordination and reading Sangharakshita

Amoghasiddhi: A breakthrough with a poem – finding the Bodhisattva spirit

Amoghasiddhi: A breakthrough with a poem – finding the Bodhisattva spirit

Amitamati and Ratnadeva: The scientific life and the Dharma life

Amitamati and Ratnadeva: The scientific life and the Dharma life

Amitamati and Ratnadeva: Is the Buddha’s teaching scientific?

Amitamati and Ratnadeva: Is the Buddha’s teaching scientific?

Amitamati: Social science research into sewage workers’ lives

Amitamati: Social science research into sewage workers’ lives

Amitamati and Ratnadeva: Marxism, Ambedkar, and Buddhism

Amitamati and Ratnadeva: Marxism, Ambedkar, and Buddhism

Amitamati: A silver god and conversion to Buddhism

Amitamati: A silver god and conversion to Buddhism

Ratnadeva: Buddhafield, myth and connection to nature

Ratnadeva: Buddhafield, myth and connection to nature

Amitamati: Finding the Dharma with a dance

Amitamati: Finding the Dharma with a dance

Amarapushpa: Life story and connection to the Order

Amarapushpa: Life story and connection to the Order

Chandrasiddhi: Life story – meeting Buddhism in Mexico

Chandrasiddhi: Life story – meeting Buddhism in Mexico

Amarapushpa & Chandrasiddhi: Names – The Siddhi

Amarapushpa & Chandrasiddhi: Names – The Siddhi

Amarapushpa & Chandrasiddhi: Names – The Deathless

Amarapushpa & Chandrasiddhi: Names – The Deathless

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: Generosity and imagination

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: Generosity and imagination

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: Fundraising as a “tantric” Dharma practice

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: Fundraising as a “tantric” Dharma practice

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: Saying the unsayable and successful fundraising

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: Saying the unsayable and successful fundraising

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: Manjusvara, poetry and manifesting the feminine

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: Manjusvara, poetry and manifesting the feminine

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: On competitiveness and growing up

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: On competitiveness and growing up

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: Being met and learning how to love

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: Being met and learning how to love

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: How we met

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: How we met

Purna: An encounter with Padmasambhava

Purna: An encounter with Padmasambhava

Purna: Purna’s dream of gratitude and connection to his teacher

Purna: Purna’s dream of gratitude and connection to his teacher

Purna: Working for the Dharma in India

Purna: Working for the Dharma in India

Purna: Reading and listening to Sangharakshita

Purna: Reading and listening to Sangharakshita

Vessantara: “…there was something which came through Bhante which really was full of Dharma qualities”

Vessantara: “…there was something which came through Bhante which really was full of Dharma qualities”

Vajratara: “I just would be an unintegrated mess if it wasn’t for the Sangha…”

Vajratara: “I just would be an unintegrated mess if it wasn’t for the Sangha…”

Ratnakumar: “I asked him, if I would go there, will I get food?”

Ratnakumar: “I asked him, if I would go there, will I get food?”

Megha: “I knew I needed to have people who could reflect back…”

Megha: “I knew I needed to have people who could reflect back…”

Manjusvara: “Who needs perfection? Perfection is useless in the human life…”

Manjusvara: “Who needs perfection? Perfection is useless in the human life…”

Karunadevi: “…these issues that were very controversial, they didn’t make me want to run away. But they did make me wonder whether I could be a part of the Order”

Karunadevi: “…these issues that were very controversial, they didn’t make me want to run away. But they did make me wonder whether I could be a part of the Order”

Jnanadakini: “I didn’t know what kind of adventure it was going to be…”

Jnanadakini: “I didn’t know what kind of adventure it was going to be…”

Danayutta: “The moment she opened the door and I saw the Buddha… I felt fine”

Danayutta: “The moment she opened the door and I saw the Buddha… I felt fine”

Aryadhi: “I think it was the missing piece of the jigsaw, as it were.”

Aryadhi: “I think it was the missing piece of the jigsaw, as it were.”

Ananda: “So my impression of Bhante was that he was a magician who had some secrets that I wanted to get…”

Ananda: “So my impression of Bhante was that he was a magician who had some secrets that I wanted to get…”

Amoghasiddhi: “I don’t want to do any job anywhere. I just want to devote myself…”

Amoghasiddhi: “I don’t want to do any job anywhere. I just want to devote myself…”

Amitamati and Ratnadeva: “It’s like the laboratory of our minds”

Amitamati and Ratnadeva: “It’s like the laboratory of our minds”

Amarapushpa & Chandrasiddhi: “It’s not something that has to do with ideas and concepts…”

Amarapushpa & Chandrasiddhi: “It’s not something that has to do with ideas and concepts…”

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: “It’s kind of like I’m definitely feeling like I’m Santa Claus…”

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: “It’s kind of like I’m definitely feeling like I’m Santa Claus…”

Purna: “I couldn’t have done it any other way, as hard as it was…”

Purna: “I couldn’t have done it any other way, as hard as it was…”

Celebrating 50 years of the Triratna Buddhist Order (1968-2018)
Fifty Years, Fifty Voices starting to capture the vibrant, messy reality of what it’s like to be part of co-creating the new lineage which is the Triratna Buddhist Order.

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Manjuvajra: My relationship to the Order

Manjuvajra: My relationship to the Order

Manjuvajra: “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: “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.”

Maitripala: Looking Into the Future

Maitripala: Looking Into the Future

Maitripala: Seeing Through Dharmic Lenses

Maitripala: Seeing Through Dharmic Lenses

Maitripala: A View Seen Through

Maitripala: A View Seen Through

Maitripala: Being a Maitripala

Maitripala: Being a Maitripala

Maitripala: First Meeting with an Order Member

Maitripala: First Meeting with an Order Member

Maitripala: What started it for you?

Maitripala: What started it for you?

Maitripala: “I don’t need to go away from samsara to be really going for refuge. I can be right in the middle of it.”

Maitripala: “I don’t need to go away from samsara to be really going for refuge. I can be right in the middle of it.”

Dhammadinna: What Do You Like About The Movement and Order?

Dhammadinna: What Do You Like About The Movement and Order?

Dhammadinna: Talking to Bhante Sangharakshita about Facebook and Twitter

Dhammadinna: Talking to Bhante Sangharakshita about Facebook and Twitter

Dhammadinna: Lifestyle, Marriage and Friendship

Dhammadinna: Lifestyle, Marriage and Friendship

Dhammadinna:  My First Retreat & Meeting Bhante Sangharakshita

Dhammadinna: My First Retreat & Meeting Bhante Sangharakshita

Dhammadinna: Spotting Patterns in One’s Life

Dhammadinna: Spotting Patterns in One’s Life

Dhammadinna: “I want people to have the freedom to do what they need to do to grow as individuals AND I want the movement to have that very strong collective dimension. That can be a source of tension for me.”

Dhammadinna: “I want people to have the freedom to do what they need to do to grow as individuals AND I want the movement to have that very strong collective dimension. That can be a source of tension for me.”

Suryaka: Individuality and The Order

Suryaka: Individuality and The Order

Suryaka: Formless Connection and a Sense of Calling

Suryaka: Formless Connection and a Sense of Calling

Suryaka: Vairocana

Suryaka: Vairocana

Suryaka: Team-based Right Livelihood

Suryaka: Team-based Right Livelihood

Suryaka: What started it for you?

Suryaka: What started it for you?

Suryaka: “I need some sort of channel in my life, so that my energy can flow into it, really strongly.”

Suryaka: “I need some sort of channel in my life, so that my energy can flow into it, really strongly.”

Rijumayi: The Bodhisattva Ideal

Rijumayi: The Bodhisattva Ideal

Rijumayi: Not Wasting Time

Rijumayi: Not Wasting Time

Rijumayi: Visiting Adhisthana, going deeper on retreat

Rijumayi: Visiting Adhisthana, going deeper on retreat

Rijumayi: Receiving the name

Rijumayi: Receiving the name

Rijumayi: What started it for you?

Rijumayi: What started it for you?

Rijumayi: “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: “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.”

Jayadevi: The Buddha

Jayadevi: The Buddha

Jayadevi: What I value about the Triratna Buddhist Community

Jayadevi: What I value about the Triratna Buddhist Community

Jayadevi: Death and Dying

Jayadevi: Death and Dying

Jayadevi: Practising as a mother

Jayadevi: Practising as a mother

Jayadevi: Meditation practice over time and becoming a mother

Jayadevi: Meditation practice over time and becoming a mother

Jayadevi: If I hadn’t come across the Dharma

Jayadevi: If I hadn’t come across the Dharma

Jayadevi: What’s changed my life and practising as a teacher

Jayadevi: What’s changed my life and practising as a teacher

Jayadevi: “I’d be a bitter, burned-out trade unionist, I think, if I wasn’t a Buddhist…”

Jayadevi: “I’d be a bitter, burned-out trade unionist, I think, if I wasn’t a Buddhist…”

Atula: The nature of Insight

Atula: The nature of Insight

Atula: Danger In the ordination process

Atula: Danger In the ordination process

Atula: A system of practice

Atula: A system of practice

Atula: The ‘Soul’ approach and the True Individual

Atula: The ‘Soul’ approach and the True Individual

Atula: Turning towards

Atula: Turning towards

Atula: Call and response, ritual and the artist

Atula: Call and response, ritual and the artist

Atula: What started it for you?

Atula: What started it for you?

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

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

Akasasuri: The centrality of Going For Refuge

Akasasuri: The centrality of Going For Refuge

Akasasuri: My Relationship To Bhante Sangharakshita

Akasasuri: My Relationship To Bhante Sangharakshita

Akasasuri: Working for the movement and taking a year out

Akasasuri: Working for the movement and taking a year out

Akasasuri: Service

Akasasuri: Service

Akasasuri: Going Forth and friendship

Akasasuri: Going Forth and friendship

Akasasuri: What started it for you?

Akasasuri: What started it for you?

Akasasuri: “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: “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.'”

Manidhamma: Dharma Practise Is Not Easy

Manidhamma: Dharma Practise Is Not Easy

Manidhamma: First Meeting with Bhante Sangharakshita

Manidhamma: First Meeting with Bhante Sangharakshita

Manidhamma: Meeting a First Order Member

Manidhamma: Meeting a First Order Member

Manidhamma: Meditation

Manidhamma: Meditation

Manidhamma: What started it?

Manidhamma: What started it?

Manidhamma: “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: “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…”

Amritavani: Practising as a mother (part 2)

Amritavani: Practising as a mother (part 2)

Amritavani: Practising as a mother (part 1)

Amritavani: Practising as a mother (part 1)

Amritavani: Receiving her name

Amritavani: Receiving her name

Amritavani: Going Forth and the ordination retreat

Amritavani: Going Forth and the ordination retreat

Amritavani: Meeting an Order Member for the first time

Amritavani: Meeting an Order Member for the first time

Amritavani: Call and response

Amritavani: Call and response

Amritavani: “School runs every day, tantrums, tears (from me as well!)… Family life is a messy life.”

Amritavani: “School runs every day, tantrums, tears (from me as well!)… Family life is a messy life.”

Shraddhavajri: Being far from other Order members – meditation as an agent of change – a girl called “petrol”

Shraddhavajri: Being far from other Order members – meditation as an agent of change – a girl called “petrol”

Shraddhavajri: Sangha as an opportunity – Doctor Ambedkar as hero and love – working with mind, working for society

Shraddhavajri: Sangha as an opportunity – Doctor Ambedkar as hero and love – working with mind, working for society

Shraddhavajri: Meeting the Order as a child and practising karate

Shraddhavajri: Meeting the Order as a child and practising karate

Shraddhavajri: “I say to ‘Padmasambhava, ‘You don’t have a body—I have a body… Use my body, and I’ll use your energy.”

Shraddhavajri: “I say to ‘Padmasambhava, ‘You don’t have a body—I have a body… Use my body, and I’ll use your energy.”

Buddhadasa: The Bodhisattva Ideal And The Revolutionary Edge

Buddhadasa: The Bodhisattva Ideal And The Revolutionary Edge

Buddhadasa: Purpose, Old Age and Death

Buddhadasa: Purpose, Old Age and Death

Buddhadasa: Going to New Zealand and Australia

Buddhadasa: Going to New Zealand and Australia

Buddhadasa: Relationship with Sangharakshita

Buddhadasa: Relationship with Sangharakshita

Buddhadasa: First Meeting with Sangharakshita

Buddhadasa: First Meeting with Sangharakshita

Buddhadasa: What Started It For You?

Buddhadasa: What Started It For You?

Buddhadasa: “I think it began for me when I was 8 years old…”

Buddhadasa: “I think it began for me when I was 8 years old…”

Malini: What does Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels mean to you?

Malini: What does Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels mean to you?

Malini: How she came to marry Purna

Malini: How she came to marry Purna

Malini: Return after withdrawal

Malini: Return after withdrawal

Malini: What started it for you?

Malini: What started it for you?

Malini: “I have a very definite sense of something which is above and beyond mundane living, and that’s what draws me. That’s what Going for Refuge is for me.”

Malini: “I have a very definite sense of something which is above and beyond mundane living, and that’s what draws me. That’s what Going for Refuge is for me.”

Dharmashalin: Passing on a culture of love and kindness

Dharmashalin: Passing on a culture of love and kindness

Dharmashalin: Playing games – the ethics of the private moment and breathing out ease

Dharmashalin: Playing games – the ethics of the private moment and breathing out ease

Dharmashalin: Being given the name Dharmashalin

Dharmashalin: Being given the name Dharmashalin

Dharmashalin: Sangharakshita’s character and its shaping effect on Triratna

Dharmashalin: Sangharakshita’s character and its shaping effect on Triratna

Dharmashalin: First encounter with the magic of the Dharma

Dharmashalin: First encounter with the magic of the Dharma

Dharmashalin: “This is living a Dharma life. This is actually applying it. This is mess in progress.”

Dharmashalin: “This is living a Dharma life. This is actually applying it. This is mess in progress.”

Vijaya: Vijaya’s first meeting with Bhante Sangharakshita and her devotion to the sangha he founded

Vijaya: Vijaya’s first meeting with Bhante Sangharakshita and her devotion to the sangha he founded

Vijaya: Vijaya’s first experience of ordaining someone else – being part of a chain back to the Buddha

Vijaya: Vijaya’s first experience of ordaining someone else – being part of a chain back to the Buddha

Vijaya: Vijaya’s first experience of the Dharma, of compassion and the spirit of the Order

Vijaya: Vijaya’s first experience of the Dharma, of compassion and the spirit of the Order

Vijaya: The meaning of Vijaya’s name – working with depression and a shared experience of grief

Vijaya: The meaning of Vijaya’s name – working with depression and a shared experience of grief

Vijaya: “Who I am? I am just a little part of this process which is coming from the Buddha.”

Vijaya: “Who I am? I am just a little part of this process which is coming from the Buddha.”

Prasadacarin: A thread of faith in the Dharma

Prasadacarin: A thread of faith in the Dharma

Prasadacarin: On Padmapani, two-armed Avalokiteshvara, as a human form

Prasadacarin: On Padmapani, two-armed Avalokiteshvara, as a human form

Prasadacarin: Why Prasadacarin committed to Triratna as a sangha

Prasadacarin: Why Prasadacarin committed to Triratna as a sangha

Prasadacarin: Discovering Stockholm Buddhist Centre and other young Buddhist practitioners

Prasadacarin: Discovering Stockholm Buddhist Centre and other young Buddhist practitioners

Prasadacarin: How Prasadacarin first came across the Dharma

Prasadacarin: How Prasadacarin first came across the Dharma

Prasadacarin: “It was quite mindblowing that people were actually trying to practice…”

Prasadacarin: “It was quite mindblowing that people were actually trying to practice…”

Aryavacin y Manjugita: Reflecting on the next 50 years of Triratna

Aryavacin y Manjugita: Reflecting on the next 50 years of Triratna

Aryavacin y Manjugita: Aryavacin’s encounter with Amoghasiddhi during his Ordination course

Aryavacin y Manjugita: Aryavacin’s encounter with Amoghasiddhi during his Ordination course

Aryavacin y Manjugita: Our Order names – the meaning given at ordination, how we responded at the time, how we connect with their meaning now

Aryavacin y Manjugita: Our Order names – the meaning given at ordination, how we responded at the time, how we connect with their meaning now

Aryavacin y Manjugita: Our ordinations – the impact on Sangha in Mexico and on Venezuelans

Aryavacin y Manjugita: Our ordinations – the impact on Sangha in Mexico and on Venezuelans

Aryavacin y Manjugita: Manjugita reading one of her poems ‘The Mirror’ (El Espejo) – the metaphors she delights in

Aryavacin y Manjugita: Manjugita reading one of her poems ‘The Mirror’ (El Espejo) – the metaphors she delights in

Aryavacin y Manjugita: “…and I fell in love with the Order”

Aryavacin y Manjugita: “…and I fell in love with the Order”

Aryadhi: Being diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and finding support

Aryadhi: Being diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and finding support

Aryadhi: Working with alcoholism as a Dharma practitioner

Aryadhi: Working with alcoholism as a Dharma practitioner

Aryadhi: A first friend in the Order

Aryadhi: A first friend in the Order

Aryadhi: How Aryadhi got started as a Buddhist

Aryadhi: How Aryadhi got started as a Buddhist

Danayutta: Her Order name and connection to the Buddha

Danayutta: Marriage, living situations and security

Danayutta: Marriage, living situations and security

Danayutta: Joining a community

Danayutta: Joining a community

Danayutta: Asking for ordination

Danayutta: Asking for ordination

Danayutta: Seeing the Buddha on her first retreat

Danayutta: Seeing the Buddha on her first retreat

Jnanadakini: Meeting with the Order as a practice in itself

Jnanadakini: Meeting with the Order as a practice in itself

Jnanadakini: Taking the Dharma through Latin America

Jnanadakini: Taking the Dharma through Latin America

Jnanadakini: A huge name for a huge continent

Jnanadakini: A huge name for a huge continent

Karunadevi: Personal change and social change

Karunadevi: Personal change and social change

Karunadevi: Cultural difference, families, hierarchy and growing as an individual

Karunadevi: Cultural difference, families, hierarchy and growing as an individual

Karunadevi: What started you off as a Buddhist?

Karunadevi: What started you off as a Buddhist?

Karunadevi: Introducing Karunadevi and her spiritual background

Karunadevi: Introducing Karunadevi and her spiritual background

Manjusvara: Proving yourself in life before you get ordained

Manjusvara: Proving yourself in life before you get ordained

Manjusvara: The danger of projection when you identify as an Order member

Manjusvara: The danger of projection when you identify as an Order member

Manjusvara: The right amount of perfection

Manjusvara: The right amount of perfection

Manjusvara: Ethics and being guardians of awakeness

Manjusvara: Ethics and being guardians of awakeness

Manjusvara: Work as practice and not hiding from life

Manjusvara: Work as practice and not hiding from life

Megha: What makes your heart sing?

Megha: What makes your heart sing?

Megha: Taking on responsibility as a Preceptor

Megha: Taking on responsibility as a Preceptor

Megha: Community living in 1975

Megha: Community living in 1975

Megha: Come and see the Dharma for yourself

Megha: Come and see the Dharma for yourself

Ratnakumar: How he would like to live and be remembered

Ratnakumar: How he would like to live and be remembered

Ratnakumar: A gradual transformation

Ratnakumar: A gradual transformation

Ratnakumar: Caste and fighting

Ratnakumar: Caste and fighting

Ratnakumar: On first hearing about Doctor Ambedkar

Ratnakumar: On first hearing about Doctor Ambedkar

Vessantara: On ‘energy’

Vessantara: On ‘energy’

Vessantara: Bhante’s strengths in the early days of the Order

Vessantara: Bhante’s strengths in the early days of the Order

Vessantara: Receiving his name

Vessantara: Receiving his name

Vessantara: Meeting Subhuti for the first time

Vessantara: Meeting Subhuti for the first time

Vajratara: Looking back on Triratna’s past with gratitude

Vajratara: Looking back on Triratna’s past with gratitude

Vajratara: Myths that attract – Avalokiteshvara and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Vajratara: Myths that attract – Avalokiteshvara and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Vajratara: What draws you on in practice?

Vajratara: What draws you on in practice?

Vajratara: Vajratara’s eureka moment

Vajratara: Vajratara’s eureka moment

Vajratara: Early experiences around suffering and personal responsibility

Vajratara: Early experiences around suffering and personal responsibility

Ananda: First meeting with Bhante

Ananda: First meeting with Bhante

Ananda: Recording Bhante’s talks on tape

Ananda: Recording Bhante’s talks on tape

Ananda: Buddhism, poetry and feelings

Ananda: Buddhism, poetry and feelings

Ananda: Ideas of male friendship at the time

Ananda: Ideas of male friendship at the time

Ananda: Ananda’s trajectory on the path

Ananda: Ananda’s trajectory on the path

Amoghasiddhi: Being named Amoghasiddhi

Amoghasiddhi: Being named Amoghasiddhi

Amoghasiddhi: Early days of the Order in Nagpur – a visit from Sangharakshita

Amoghasiddhi: Early days of the Order in Nagpur – a visit from Sangharakshita

Amoghasiddhi: Childhood tragedy and discovering Buddhism

Amoghasiddhi: Childhood tragedy and discovering Buddhism

Amoghasiddhi: Asking for ordination and reading Sangharakshita

Amoghasiddhi: Asking for ordination and reading Sangharakshita

Amoghasiddhi: A breakthrough with a poem – finding the Bodhisattva spirit

Amoghasiddhi: A breakthrough with a poem – finding the Bodhisattva spirit

Amitamati and Ratnadeva: The scientific life and the Dharma life

Amitamati and Ratnadeva: The scientific life and the Dharma life

Amitamati and Ratnadeva: Is the Buddha’s teaching scientific?

Amitamati and Ratnadeva: Is the Buddha’s teaching scientific?

Amitamati: Social science research into sewage workers’ lives

Amitamati: Social science research into sewage workers’ lives

Amitamati and Ratnadeva: Marxism, Ambedkar, and Buddhism

Amitamati and Ratnadeva: Marxism, Ambedkar, and Buddhism

Amitamati: A silver god and conversion to Buddhism

Amitamati: A silver god and conversion to Buddhism

Ratnadeva: Buddhafield, myth and connection to nature

Ratnadeva: Buddhafield, myth and connection to nature

Amitamati: Finding the Dharma with a dance

Amitamati: Finding the Dharma with a dance

Amarapushpa: Life story and connection to the Order

Amarapushpa: Life story and connection to the Order

Chandrasiddhi: Life story – meeting Buddhism in Mexico

Chandrasiddhi: Life story – meeting Buddhism in Mexico

Amarapushpa & Chandrasiddhi: Names – The Siddhi

Amarapushpa & Chandrasiddhi: Names – The Siddhi

Amarapushpa & Chandrasiddhi: Names – The Deathless

Amarapushpa & Chandrasiddhi: Names – The Deathless

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: Generosity and imagination

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: Generosity and imagination

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: Fundraising as a “tantric” Dharma practice

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: Fundraising as a “tantric” Dharma practice

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: Saying the unsayable and successful fundraising

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: Saying the unsayable and successful fundraising

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: Manjusvara, poetry and manifesting the feminine

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: Manjusvara, poetry and manifesting the feminine

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: On competitiveness and growing up

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: On competitiveness and growing up

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: Being met and learning how to love

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: Being met and learning how to love

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: How we met

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: How we met

Purna: An encounter with Padmasambhava

Purna: An encounter with Padmasambhava

Purna: Purna’s dream of gratitude and connection to his teacher

Purna: Purna’s dream of gratitude and connection to his teacher

Purna: Working for the Dharma in India

Purna: Working for the Dharma in India

Purna: Reading and listening to Sangharakshita

Purna: Reading and listening to Sangharakshita

Vessantara: “…there was something which came through Bhante which really was full of Dharma qualities”

Vessantara: “…there was something which came through Bhante which really was full of Dharma qualities”

Vajratara: “I just would be an unintegrated mess if it wasn’t for the Sangha…”

Vajratara: “I just would be an unintegrated mess if it wasn’t for the Sangha…”

Ratnakumar: “I asked him, if I would go there, will I get food?”

Ratnakumar: “I asked him, if I would go there, will I get food?”

Megha: “I knew I needed to have people who could reflect back…”

Megha: “I knew I needed to have people who could reflect back…”

Manjusvara: “Who needs perfection? Perfection is useless in the human life…”

Manjusvara: “Who needs perfection? Perfection is useless in the human life…”

Karunadevi: “…these issues that were very controversial, they didn’t make me want to run away. But they did make me wonder whether I could be a part of the Order”

Karunadevi: “…these issues that were very controversial, they didn’t make me want to run away. But they did make me wonder whether I could be a part of the Order”

Jnanadakini: “I didn’t know what kind of adventure it was going to be…”

Jnanadakini: “I didn’t know what kind of adventure it was going to be…”

Danayutta: “The moment she opened the door and I saw the Buddha… I felt fine”

Danayutta: “The moment she opened the door and I saw the Buddha… I felt fine”

Aryadhi: “I think it was the missing piece of the jigsaw, as it were.”

Aryadhi: “I think it was the missing piece of the jigsaw, as it were.”

Ananda: “So my impression of Bhante was that he was a magician who had some secrets that I wanted to get…”

Ananda: “So my impression of Bhante was that he was a magician who had some secrets that I wanted to get…”

Amoghasiddhi: “I don’t want to do any job anywhere. I just want to devote myself…”

Amoghasiddhi: “I don’t want to do any job anywhere. I just want to devote myself…”

Amitamati and Ratnadeva: “It’s like the laboratory of our minds”

Amitamati and Ratnadeva: “It’s like the laboratory of our minds”

Amarapushpa & Chandrasiddhi: “It’s not something that has to do with ideas and concepts…”

Amarapushpa & Chandrasiddhi: “It’s not something that has to do with ideas and concepts…”

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: “It’s kind of like I’m definitely feeling like I’m Santa Claus…”

Amalavajra and Jayaraja: “It’s kind of like I’m definitely feeling like I’m Santa Claus…”

Purna: “I couldn’t have done it any other way, as hard as it was…”

Purna: “I couldn’t have done it any other way, as hard as it was…”