In the 1980s, ‘Independent Arts’ ran an ambitious and extremely impressive Arts program through the Croydon Buddhist Centre in London. Here’s a first offering from the archive of recordings - an open conversation between Sangharakshita, founder of the Western Buddhist Order, and the renowned poet and scholar Kathleen Raine, one of the founders of the Temenos Academy.
The occasion was the launch of Sangharakshita’s book ‘The Religion of Art’ - and the discussion ranges widely and, at times, controversially through the subject...
Metta helps us to disentangle our own self involvement to be able to see the bigger picture. We can only really see things clearly with the eyes of Metta. Vijayasri looks to the life of the Buddha and how he responded to the suffering of the world with metta.
In this final talk from the Croydon series, Ratnachuda shares how Bhante’s teachings have influenced his life. Thank you to all the speakers of these rich and varied talks, given in celebration of Sangharakshita’s 90th birthday.
Dayapakshini shares how Bhante’s teachings have influenced her life, together with quotes from his work, in particular the Bodhisattva Ideal. This talk was given as the first in the series to celebrate Sangharakshita’s 90th birthday at the Croydon Buddhist Centre.
Manjuvajra talks about his personal friendship with Sangharakshita, and shares some of his memories of Bhante from their travels around the United States together in the 1990s. You can hear more from Manjuvajra at the forthcoming Order Event, in celebration of Bhante’s 90th birthday.
Today, from the Croydon series, we have a talk from Vandanajyoti. She entitles her talk ’ a personal taste of freedom’, and shares how studying Bhante’s work has helped her to make sense of her life. And despite not knowing him well, she says that Sangharakshita has changed her life more than anyone else.
Has Sangharakshita, either personally or through his teachings, changed your life?
Today, a wonderful talk from Karunamaya, as part of the Croydon series to celebrate Sangharakshita’s 90th birthday. Shraddhavajri and Vidyadharini, two Indian Order Members who recently attended the women’s 5 month Dharma Life course at Adhisthana, also share how Bhante has influenced their life.
Another talk from the Croydon series, this time by Amaraghosha. Among many things he shares his personal experience of hearing Sangharakshita for the first time, and how Sangharakshita has continued to influence his life. And how he walked 4 miles in the snow to meet him in Birmingham!