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50 Years, 50 Voices: Megha

Posted by Satyalila on Thu, 20 Sep, 2018 - 03:17

I knew I needed to have people who could reflect back, if I neglected what it was that I might need, as well as what the situation needed.

Megha’s Annals

In 1968 I was 15 years old, at secondary school, sitting the first major exams at the end of that year. Living with my younger sister, parents and two pets in a valley-suburb 10 miles from Wellington, New Zealand.

In 1978 I was in the middle year of Occupational Therapy training in the Wellington area. I’d...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Amoghasiddhi

Posted by Candradasa on Tue, 11 Sep, 2018 - 17:28

I don’t want to do any job anywhere. I just want to devote myself, a little money will do. And this is what I really want.

Amoghasiddhi’s Annals

In 1968 I was six years old studying in first standard in Nagpur.

In 1978 I was involved with the social organisation called Samata Sainik Dal, which was founded by Dr Ambedkar it means equality volunteers organisation.

In 1988 I came in contact with the Sangha. I started organising Dhamma talks and attending Dhamma classes. In the same year I started...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Jnanadakini

Posted by Candradasa on Tue, 4 Sep, 2018 - 17:39

Immediately I said yes, and then I thought, ‘Oh, wow, it’s Venezuela… it’s almost like war!’ I didn’t know what kind of adventure it was going to be…

Jnanadakini’s Annals

In 1968 I was trying to understand the tragic political events in my country, Mexico, during the killing of many many students; and at the same time being moved by the Beatles song ‘All You Need Is Love’ and the Olympic games in Mexico.

In 1978 I was studying Sociology at the University, finding my individuality with leftists and...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Amitamati and Ratnadeva

Posted by Candradasa on Wed, 29 Aug, 2018 - 16:21

Ratnadeva: It’s like the laboratory of our minds.

Amitamati: It excites me too, the science… very strong links, science and Dharma.

NB. Amitamati has been in touch to say that in track 3 when she refers to having studied “Social Sciences” for 25 years she actually meant “Life Sciences”.

Amitamati’s Annals

In 1968: I wasn’t born! May be My consciousness was waiting for the right womb!

I was born in 1970 into a Buddhist family – my grandparents on both sides had converted with Dr Ambedkar in...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Purna

Posted by Satyalila on Tue, 14 Aug, 2018 - 16:02

I couldn’t have done it any other way, as hard as it was…

Purna’s Annals 

In 1968 I turned 20 and was in the second year of a Maths and Physics degree. Joined my brother for a yacht trip around the South Pacific for two months, sailing to Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. Hove to for three days surviving a tropical cyclone. Finished my degree and started travelling in South-East Asia and India to find a Buddhist meditation teacher.

In 1978, having been ordained by Bhante on...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Aryadhi

Posted by Satyalila on Tue, 7 Aug, 2018 - 15:30

 I think it was the missing piece of the jigsaw, as it were.

Aryadhi’s Annals

In 1968 I was 6 years old, final year at infant school and struggling with the outside world as I experienced it through school.

In 1978 I was 16 and studying for ‘A’ levels, on the brink of adulthood but feeling an outsider, never really fitting in and very afraid.

In 1988 I was working in a classical music publishers in London and leading a life immersed in the arts – in and...

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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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