“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.
It was great - and fitting! - to have Ananda’s help in putting up the Fifty Years, Fifty Voices exhibition in the Adhisthana library just after the Blake retreat last month. Here he is hanging a photo we’ve used of the first ordinations in 1968 - tho’ unfortunately he’s not actually in that image himself. Huge thanks to Dhammarati for fitting in the design work on this - and doing such a fab job, as ever - amidst his myriad other tasks
Extracts from a delightful conversation between Viriyalila and Ananda, the founder of Dharmachakra Tapes (the old name for Free Buddhist Audio). A published poet who was ordained in the Triratna Buddhist Order (then the Western Buddhist Order) in 1968, Ananda was one of the first people to make audio recordings of Sangharakshita as early as 1966. I was interested in hearing stories about these early days of Dharmachakra and the conversation included some thoughts on the nature of communication, Ananda’s...