Buddhist Voices

50 Years, 50 Voices: Buddhadasa (Highlights)

By Zac on Thu, 12 May, 2022 - 17:08

I think it began for me when I was 8 years old…


Buddhadasa’s Annals
In 1968 - I was 25 and working as an interior designer with a firm of architects in Bloomsbury Square, London. It was the era of drawing boards and T squares and the time of transition from Imperial to Metric. It was also the year when decimalisation began to be introduced. This was my second and half-hearted attempt to establish a career having previously discharged...

Buddhist Voices
Buddhist Voices

50 Years, 50 Voices: Malini (Highlights)

By Zac on Wed, 4 May, 2022 - 12:38

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’s Annals
1967 - I was 17 and working as a junior secretary in the BBC Arabic service in Bush House. Here I met Ananda to be, who told me about Sakura as somewhere I could get incense however I not only got the exotic fragrance of incense but the...

Community Highlights
Community Highlights

Suryagita and the Dharma Singers: Music from Presidential Handover

By saradarshini on Wed, 4 Mar, 2020 - 12:18

For some years now the Wellington Buddhist Centre has been blessed to have Suryagita in our Sangha. She has a beautiful voice and extraordinary musical ability which we have benefitted greatly from in every mantra she has ever been present for. But that’s not all!

On special occasions Suryagita has got together with other talented members of our sangha and offered song. Songs of welcome, songs of blessing, songs of appreciation, songs of celebration and songs of joy.

In the last year, we have...

Community Highlights
Community Highlights

Waking Up to Climate Crisis - and What to Do About It?

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 13 Jun, 2019 - 10:21

Buddhist Action Month is underway and here is a timely talk from Arthacarya, given during the recent Australia / New Zealand Order Convention, on the theme of what we can do about the climate crisis. Arthacarya relates his personal journey back to environmental engagement, the trigger being reading the ‘The Uninhabitable Earth’ by David Wallace-Wells in July 2018. He also provides some useful suggestions how Dharma practitioners can contribute to the change that must happen and move away from the four Ds of despair,...

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Kiranada - A Year of Silence (with Q & A): Highlighted Talk

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 12 Jun, 2019 - 18:48

Kiranada is an ordained Buddhist, a traveler, a renowned artist in (cruelty-free) silk, a teacher, an author and a Mom. Here she is at the Portsmouth Public Library in June 2019, reading from her book ‘A Year Of Silence’, an account of her year-long silent, solitary retreat in the New Zealand bush.

As one of her last engagements before heading off to Kentucky and Missouri to begin a further 3-year solitary, silent retreat, this is a wonderful opportunity to hear what it...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Introducing Purna

By Saccanama on Tue, 15 Mar, 2016 - 14:09

A great interview with Purna by Nagabodhi, who has been a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order since the late 1970s and is attending his first meeting of the Preceptors College. We hear the history of the Triratna community in New Zealand and Australia, and the continuing process of ordination training in the southern hemisphere.

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Parami talks to Varadevi and Dharmanandi about the women's ordination process in Australia and New Zealand

By Saccanama on Thu, 19 Nov, 2015 - 10:08

Varadevi and Dharmanandi, both over for the College meeting from New Zealand, share their reflections on ordination training for women in Australia and New Zealand.