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50 Years, 50 Voices: Vessantara

Posted by Satyalila on Thu, 31 May, 2018 - 15:00

…there was something which came through Bhante which really was full of Dharma qualities, and that’s what started Triratna…

 Vessantara’s Annals
In 1968 I’m 18, and spend eight months working in clerical jobs, earning money before going to Cambridge University to study English. I’ve adopted a hippie view of the world and spend hours in my friend Les Doyle’s attic bedroom, which is painted black and decorated with silver foil, listening to early Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix. I’m reading about eastern religions,...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Karunadevi

Posted by Candradasa on Thu, 24 May, 2018 - 15:00

…these issues that were very controversial, they didn’t make me want to run away. But they did make me wonder whether I could be a part of the Order.

Karunadevi’s Annals
In 1968 I had recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from Iowa with my husband. I was 24 years old, had graduated from Iowa State University in ’66 and was teaching 4th grade. California was a very different culture, especially around San Francisco, and I felt both overwhelmed and enthralled...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Ratnakumar

Posted by Candradasa on Thu, 17 May, 2018 - 15:00

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.’

Ratnakumar’s Annals
In 1968 I wasn’t born.

In 1978 I wasn’t born.

In 1988 I was four years old, having been born into a low caste Hindu family in Orissa.

In 1998 I was about 14. I went to the birthday celebration of Dr Ambedkar with my cousin and decided that day to learn more...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Amarapushpa and Chandrasiddhi

Posted by Satyalila on Thu, 10 May, 2018 - 15:00

I had been looking for so long.  And then I saw my first woman Order Member. And that was like the ‘fourth sight’… that inspired me to go for refuge.
Amarapushpa

It’s not something that has to do with ideas and concepts… It’s about more practical wholeness, with your heart.
Chandrasiddhi

N.B. En español e inglés / in English and Spanish

Amarapushpa’s Annals

In 1968 I was 15 and living in a very turbulent USA just outside...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Manjusvara

Posted by Satyalila on Thu, 3 May, 2018 - 15:00

Who needs perfection?  

Perfection is useless in the human life…

A few months ago I remembered that I’d heard a talk Manjusvara gave in 2007 called ‘20 years in the WBO’ on the 20th anniversary of his ordination. I thought it might contain some useful material for this project, so I looked it up on Free Buddhist Audio, only to discover that it had never been ‘released’. I live in the house where Manjusvara used to live (along with Ananda, Dhivan and Ananda’s partner...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Danayutta

Posted by Satyalila on Thu, 26 Apr, 2018 - 15:00

The moment she opened the door and I saw the Buddha… I felt fine.

Danayutta’s Annals
In 1968… not alive.

In 1978… not alive.

In 1988… I was 6 years old, just about to start primary school in a convent in Malaysia. I lived in a big house that my grandfather built, with my father’s extended family (there were his 7 siblings, plus grandmother and great grandmother, my two older brothers). There was a big mango tree in the garden with a fishpond underneath it that...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Ananda

Posted by Satyalila on Wed, 18 Apr, 2018 - 22:55

“So my impression of Bhante was that he was a magician who had some secrets that I wanted to get…”

Ananda’s Annals 
In 1968 I was a 24 year old hippy living in a Buddhist commune in Purley.  I was also a sound engineer working at the BBC.  I was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in April 1968.

In 1978 I was an ex-hippy art student studying for a Diploma in Graphic Design at Croydon College of Art.  I also began writing...

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Surmani Prabhakar Dhakade Live In Concert at Bodhgaya (Audio)

Posted by Centre Team on Wed, 14 Feb, 2018 - 15:18

Recorded at the 2018 Triratna Buddhist Order International Convention at Bodhgaya, Bihar, here ‘s the great and renowned Indian classical violinist Surmani Prabhakar Dhakade, playing a full program of music for a very appreciative audience.

Watch the whole performance again

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Abhayanavita on Working With Women and Girls to Step Free of Discrimination and Sexual Violence in India - The Buddhist Centre Podcast

Posted by sanghadhara on Tue, 13 Feb, 2018 - 07:04

Abhayanavita has been involved with Triratna as a community since the age of 13. In her early days she learned to face her own difficult past with a fearlessness that is now reflected in her Buddhist name. She also learned to fight back against social injustice and gender discrimination via the Ashvaghosha project, educating people with plays and songs. 

These days she continues that work in new ways, working at the Bahujan Hitay Project in her home town of Amravati...

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The Lion's Roar Down Under - The Buddhist Centre Podcast

Posted by Candradasa on Wed, 7 Feb, 2018 - 07:21

Today’s podcast features a roundtable discussion with 10 Order members from Australia, exploring the future of the Triratna community down under. Successes, challenges, the concerns of young Australians, we get a rounded picture of what Buddhist Centres in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney are doing to get ready for the next 50 years…

Recorded in a very noisy tent in India!

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