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50 Years, 50 Voices: Shraddhavajri (Highlights)

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Sat, 21 May, 2022 - 15:57

“I say to ‘Padmasambhava, ‘You don’t have a body—I have a body… Use my body, and I’ll use your energy.”

Shraddhavajri’s Annals
In 1988, I was about six or seven years old, living in Modinagar with my parents, three elder sisters and two brothers. I studied and enjoyed life with my family and relatives. My father taught us the Precepts and every Sunday it was compulsory to chant them with my family and other brothers and sisters. My...

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Vessantara - Finding Deeper and Deeper Reservoirs of Energy (Full Interview)

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Fri, 20 May, 2022 - 19:05

“Things have changed in the last 10 years or so. A lot of it was just building on what I’d received from Bhante and other Order Members and other people… over the years. But I think, for me, it feels as if those three years with all that time to completely focus on the Dharma did sort of liberate things or bring to fruition a lot of seeds that had been planted by Bhante and other people over a long

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Buddhadasa (Highlights)

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...

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Ratnakumar - Changing Self, Changing World (Full Interview)

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Tue, 10 May, 2022 - 17:00

I asked him, if I would go there, will I get food? And he said “Yes, obviously there will be a feast and you can have enough to eat.’ And I thought then, ’I’ll go.’

In 1998 when Ratnakumar was 13 years old, one of his cousins asked him if he’d like to go to a public meeting. That meeting just so happened to be an anniversary celebration for the birthday of Dr. Bimrao Ambedkar, the great leader of India’s Dalit community...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Malini (Highlights)

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices 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...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Dharmashalin

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Fri, 29 Mar, 2019 - 17:45

This is living a Dharma life. This is actually applying it. This is mess in progress.


Dharmashalin’s Annals
In 1968 I was not even a glint in my father’s eye. My parents first met on the 5th of September 1969 when my Mum showed my Dad where the canteen was on his first day of work.

In 1978 I was born on the 16th of June.

In 1988 I was 10 years old, totally absorbed in the world of Dungeons and Dragons....

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5 Years of the Buddhist Centre Online: #12 Our Big Year

From Buddhist Centre Features on Fri, 21 Dec, 2018 - 18:18

5 Years of the Buddhist Centre Online: #12 Our Big Year

From Buddhist Centre Features on Fri, 21 Dec, 2018 - 18:18

Wow, it’s amazing what you have achieved in 5 years! So many gems have come my way through Buddhist Centre Online. My life and practice has been enhanced by many talks, recommendations for books, reading stories of people’s lives and visuals of places and events. From Australia I feel more fully connected to this world wide movement largely via [The Buddhist Centre Online]. Sadhu sadhu sadhu and happy birthday!” - Maitripala

2018 has been such a big year...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Vijaya (Highlights)

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Wed, 24 Oct, 2018 - 20:21

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.


Vijaya’s Annals

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...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Prasadacarin (Highlights)

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Wed, 24 Oct, 2018 - 19:52

It was quite mindblowing that people were actually trying to practice…


Prasadacarin’s Annals

In 1968 my Serbian grandparents had been in Sweden a year and my mother was born. My father was two years old and was still living in Denmark. 

In 1978 my mother was ten and my father twelve, and they were now living in the same suburb north of Stockholm.

In 1988 my parents were in a relationship and living together. They got married and were waiting for me...

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50 Years, 50 Voices - Aryavacin y Manjugita (Highlights)

From Fifty Years, Fifty Voices on Mon, 15 Oct, 2018 - 20:46

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.

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...