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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Khemajoti: Lifestyle is secondary

Khemajoti: Lifestyle is secondary

Khemajoti: Ineffable Dharma and multidimensional practice

Khemajoti: Ineffable Dharma and multidimensional practice

Khemajoti: Receiving a name and yidam

Khemajoti: Receiving a name and yidam

Khemajoti: Ordination

Khemajoti: Ordination

Khemajoti: Working in a Team-Based Right Livelihood

Khemajoti: Working in a Team-Based Right Livelihood

Khemajoti: Encountering the FWBO in Croyden

Khemajoti: Encountering the FWBO in Croyden

Khemajoti : Where it all Began

Khemajoti : Where it all Began

Khemajoti: “We used to do rituals in the basement of the shop, invoking Padmasambhava while we made egg sandwiches”

Khemajoti: “We used to do rituals in the basement of the shop, invoking Padmasambhava while we made egg sandwiches”

Abhaya: Making art and integration

Abhaya: Making art and integration

Abhaya: Something greater coming through Sangharakshita

Abhaya: Something greater coming through Sangharakshita

Abhaya: Spiritual meltdown and living in Tokyo

Abhaya: Spiritual meltdown and living in Tokyo

Abhaya: Sadhana

Abhaya: Sadhana

Abhaya: Meeting Sangharakshita

Abhaya: Meeting Sangharakshita

Abhaya: First encounters with liberation and the Dharma

Abhaya: First encounters with liberation and the Dharma

Abhaya: “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: “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.”

Sobhanandi: Zen and Dogen

Sobhanandi: Zen and Dogen

Sobhanandi: Practicing as an anagarika

Sobhanandi: Practicing as an anagarika

Sobhanandi: Meeting Vairocana

Sobhanandi: Meeting Vairocana

Sobhanandi: Ordination and receiving a name

Sobhanandi: Ordination and receiving a name

Sobhanandi: Training for ordination in Holland

Sobhanandi: Training for ordination in Holland

Sobhanandi: The Dharma life as a twin

Sobhanandi: The Dharma life as a twin

Sobhanandi: “You come to a bridge. You look down. You see fish swimming in the water. But the fish don’t know you’re there, because that’s not their world. So the fish, their world is the water… there’s a completely different world.”

Sobhanandi: “You come to a bridge. You look down. You see fish swimming in the water. But the fish don’t know you’re there, because that’s not their world. So the fish, their world is the water… there’s a completely different world.”

Samasuri: Being a doctor

Samasuri: Being a doctor

Samasuri: Being a parent in the sangha

Samasuri: Being a parent in the sangha

Samasuri: The Yellow Buddha Mamaki

Samasuri: The Yellow Buddha Mamaki

Samasuri: Meditating with children

Samasuri: Meditating with children

Samasuri: Buddhafield family retreats

Samasuri: Buddhafield family retreats

Samasuri: What started it for you?

Samasuri: What started it for you?

Samasuri: “It’s the wounded healer myth. I guess part of me wanting to be a Doctor is my psyche trying to sort all that suffering out… Helping others like I’ve been helped or am being helped.”

Samasuri: “It’s the wounded healer myth. I guess part of me wanting to be a Doctor is my psyche trying to sort all that suffering out… Helping others like I’ve been helped or am being helped.”

Jyotipala: Wandering in the wilderness

Jyotipala: Wandering in the wilderness

Jyotipala: What does Going for Refuge mean?

Jyotipala: What does Going for Refuge mean?

Jyotipala: Giving talks in India

Jyotipala: Giving talks in India

Jyotipala: Without the precepts, I’d probably be dead by now

Jyotipala: Without the precepts, I’d probably be dead by now

Jyotipala: Why I became a Buddhist

Jyotipala: Why I became a Buddhist

Jyotipala: My real Dharma life started when…

Jyotipala: My real Dharma life started when…

Manjuvajra: A time of experimentation

Manjuvajra: A time of experimentation

Jyotipala: “I must say, a couple of years before that, I’d actually – in one of my sober moments – not alcoholically, but… emotionally. I’d realised what an idiot I’d been in resigning.”

Jyotipala: “I must say, a couple of years before that, I’d actually – in one of my sober moments – not alcoholically, but… emotionally. I’d realised what an idiot I’d been in resigning.”

Manjuvajra: A crisis with the ‘group’

Manjuvajra: A crisis with the ‘group’

Manjuvajra: No Higher Teachings

Manjuvajra: No Higher Teachings

Manjuvajra: What does Going for Refuge mean to you?

Manjuvajra: What does Going for Refuge mean to you?

Manjuvajra: Faith and confidence

Manjuvajra: Faith and confidence

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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Khemajoti: Lifestyle is secondary

Khemajoti: Lifestyle is secondary

Khemajoti: Ineffable Dharma and multidimensional practice

Khemajoti: Ineffable Dharma and multidimensional practice

Khemajoti: Receiving a name and yidam

Khemajoti: Receiving a name and yidam

Khemajoti: Ordination

Khemajoti: Ordination

Khemajoti: Working in a Team-Based Right Livelihood

Khemajoti: Working in a Team-Based Right Livelihood

Khemajoti: Encountering the FWBO in Croyden

Khemajoti: Encountering the FWBO in Croyden

Khemajoti : Where it all Began

Khemajoti : Where it all Began

Khemajoti: “We used to do rituals in the basement of the shop, invoking Padmasambhava while we made egg sandwiches”

Khemajoti: “We used to do rituals in the basement of the shop, invoking Padmasambhava while we made egg sandwiches”

Abhaya: Making art and integration

Abhaya: Making art and integration

Abhaya: Something greater coming through Sangharakshita

Abhaya: Something greater coming through Sangharakshita

Abhaya: Spiritual meltdown and living in Tokyo

Abhaya: Spiritual meltdown and living in Tokyo

Abhaya: Sadhana

Abhaya: Sadhana

Abhaya: Meeting Sangharakshita

Abhaya: Meeting Sangharakshita

Abhaya: First encounters with liberation and the Dharma

Abhaya: First encounters with liberation and the Dharma

Abhaya: “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: “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.”

Sobhanandi: Zen and Dogen

Sobhanandi: Zen and Dogen

Sobhanandi: Practicing as an anagarika

Sobhanandi: Practicing as an anagarika

Sobhanandi: Meeting Vairocana

Sobhanandi: Meeting Vairocana

Sobhanandi: Ordination and receiving a name

Sobhanandi: Ordination and receiving a name

Sobhanandi: Training for ordination in Holland

Sobhanandi: Training for ordination in Holland

Sobhanandi: The Dharma life as a twin

Sobhanandi: The Dharma life as a twin

Sobhanandi: “You come to a bridge. You look down. You see fish swimming in the water. But the fish don’t know you’re there, because that’s not their world. So the fish, their world is the water… there’s a completely different world.”

Sobhanandi: “You come to a bridge. You look down. You see fish swimming in the water. But the fish don’t know you’re there, because that’s not their world. So the fish, their world is the water… there’s a completely different world.”

Samasuri: Being a doctor

Samasuri: Being a doctor

Samasuri: Being a parent in the sangha

Samasuri: Being a parent in the sangha

Samasuri: The Yellow Buddha Mamaki

Samasuri: The Yellow Buddha Mamaki

Samasuri: Meditating with children

Samasuri: Meditating with children

Samasuri: Buddhafield family retreats

Samasuri: Buddhafield family retreats

Samasuri: What started it for you?

Samasuri: What started it for you?

Samasuri: “It’s the wounded healer myth. I guess part of me wanting to be a Doctor is my psyche trying to sort all that suffering out… Helping others like I’ve been helped or am being helped.”

Samasuri: “It’s the wounded healer myth. I guess part of me wanting to be a Doctor is my psyche trying to sort all that suffering out… Helping others like I’ve been helped or am being helped.”

Jyotipala: Wandering in the wilderness

Jyotipala: Wandering in the wilderness

Jyotipala: What does Going for Refuge mean?

Jyotipala: What does Going for Refuge mean?

Jyotipala: Giving talks in India

Jyotipala: Giving talks in India

Jyotipala: Without the precepts, I’d probably be dead by now

Jyotipala: Without the precepts, I’d probably be dead by now

Jyotipala: Why I became a Buddhist

Jyotipala: Why I became a Buddhist

Jyotipala: My real Dharma life started when…

Jyotipala: My real Dharma life started when…

Manjuvajra: A time of experimentation

Manjuvajra: A time of experimentation

Jyotipala: “I must say, a couple of years before that, I’d actually – in one of my sober moments – not alcoholically, but… emotionally. I’d realised what an idiot I’d been in resigning.”

Jyotipala: “I must say, a couple of years before that, I’d actually – in one of my sober moments – not alcoholically, but… emotionally. I’d realised what an idiot I’d been in resigning.”

Manjuvajra: A crisis with the ‘group’

Manjuvajra: A crisis with the ‘group’

Manjuvajra: No Higher Teachings

Manjuvajra: No Higher Teachings

Manjuvajra: What does Going for Refuge mean to you?

Manjuvajra: What does Going for Refuge mean to you?

Manjuvajra: Faith and confidence

Manjuvajra: Faith and confidence

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…”