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Fifty Years, Fifty Voices

Abhaya - Following an Inner Calling (Full Interview)

By Zac on Thu, 27 Oct, 2022 - 10:28

Growing up in Chorley, Lancashire, in the northwest of England, Abhaya (1936-2022) recalls his early life as the youngest of four siblings, raised by parents who were run off their feet. With Dad away at the war, mum managed a small chip shop in which he and his brothers used to help out. Following in the footsteps of his older brother Jack, Abhaya would later spend several years at a Catholic Seminary, a period he jokingly characterizes as being like...

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The Sound of One Hand (The Buddhist Centre Podcast, Episode 428)

By Centre Team on Fri, 29 Apr, 2022 - 00:06

Sometimes a new Dharma book turns up that manages to seem both effortlessly profound and very funny. Of course, Satyadasa’s The Sound of One Hand is actually the product of hard-won experience, and we’re delighted to welcome him to the podcast to talk about his wonderful memoir as a tale of struggle, inspiration and the meeting of twin lineages in his life: Dharma practice and family. 

We hear Satyadasa’s account of the challenges and joys to be had figuring out...

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The Sound of One Hand by Satyadasa: Review by Vishvapani

By Vishvapani on Tue, 5 Apr, 2022 - 16:12

The Sound of One Hand by Satyadasa: Review by Vishvapani

By Vishvapani on Tue, 5 Apr, 2022 - 16:12

The Sound of One Hand
By Satyadasa
Yakhorn Press, 2022

Like Satyadasa I’ve been a part of the Triratna Buddhist Community for the whole of my adult life. He’s about a decade younger than me, but many of the Triratna experiences he describes in The Sound of One Hand are shared. Like me, David (as Satyadasa is called up to his ordination) grew up in the middle-class South London suburbs and had an Oxbridge education before pitching into...