And we’re back…! As the pandemic moves into a new phase we’re delighted to announce a second season of the Fifty Years, Fifty Voices project, picking up where we left off in 2019
If you’re not familiar with this work, the project was begun in the 50th anniversary year of the Triratna Buddhist Order, with the aim of curating an audio archive and web exhibition reflecting on the inspiring, often messy, vibrant reality of living a Dharma-life and co-creating a new Buddhist tradition.
“Do not use Buddhism to protect yourself from life… use it to celebrate life”
Manjusvara - poet, musician, fundraiser - died while leading at retreat at Dhanakosa in 2011. Here he is, in 2007, giving a talk marking the twentieth anniversary of his ordination.
He explores the history of his engagement with the Triratna Buddhist Order (previously the Western Buddhist Centre), starting with his first encounter with the London Buddhist Centre and taking in many significant learnings along the way...
“Someone said to me, on one’s ordination retreat, depth charges are planted - and you never know when they are going to go off…”
Danayutta was working as an investment banker in London when she first decided to go on a 10-day retreat with the London Buddhist Centre. This retreat changed the direction of her life - she realised that she wanted to commit to the Dharma life rather than pursuing her career, working on a busy trading floor.
“So my impression of Bhante was that he was a magician who had some secrets that I wanted to get…”
Ananda was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order (then the Western Buddhist Order) on the 7th April 1968, which makes him the most long-standing member of our Order.
In this full and frank conversation with Satyalila, Ananda speaks about his own spiritual journey in the Triratna Buddhist Order and his relationship with Bhante, Urgyen Sangharakshita, the founder of that Order.
Who I am? I am just a little part of this process which is coming from the Buddha. … Disciple of disciple of disciple… Bhante ordained Srimala, Srimala ordained me… I am ordaining other people. I am just part of that process.
In 1968 I was born in Nagpur.
In 1978 I was ten years old and called Indu Gajbhiye. I was studying in primary school. We all were six brothers and sisters living with father and mother in a small...
I’m men’s Mitra Convenor in Nottingham, very actively involved with the Venezuelan Sangha and exploring William Blake’s legacy…
…and I fell in love with the Order. Manjugita
Track titles in English 01 Manjugita reading one of her poems ‘The Mirror’ (El Espejo) - the metaphors she delights in 02 Our ordinations – the impact on Sangha in Mexico and on Venezuelans 03 Our Order names – the meaning given at ordination, how we responded at the time, how...
I just would be an unintegrated mess if it wasn’t for the Sangha… communication with others and their help, and the inspiration of Sangha.
This interview was recorded in 2012.
In 1968 I was not born. My parents were working in London on Vogue magazine where my father was feature’s editor and my mother worked in fashion. Apparently my father was so shy to ask my mother out that he went into her office, an office of only...