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Contemporary voices, specially commissioned in-depth interviews and conversations from members of the Triratna Buddhist Community around the world, exploring the Buddha's teaching in modern times for modern lives!

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Contemporary voices, specially commissioned in-depth interviews and conversations from members of the Triratna Buddhist Community around the world, exploring the Buddha's teaching in modern times for modern lives!

Check out our other podcasts!

The Buddhist Centre Podcast (https://audioboom.com/channels/4929068) | Free Buddhist Audio Talks (http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/free-buddhist-audio-community/id75081757) (iTunes) | FBA Dharmabytes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dharmabytes-from-free-buddhist/id416832097) (iTunes)

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    Abhayadana - Giving the Gift of Fearlessness to Women in India

    Abhayadana - Giving the Gift of Fearlessness to Women in India

    A great conversation with the quietly brilliant Abhayadana about her Buddhist work and practice in India. Her name means 'Giver of Fearlessness' - and this is something she has dedicated her life to, helping support and free women in her community from the stigma of social caste and the violence that often goes with it.
    We hear about her personal approach via meditation and reflection on the Buddhist figure of Kshitigarbha (Jizo) who descends into hell realms to liberate suffering beings. And her experience of visiting Adhisthana, former home of her teacher Urgyen Sangharakshita, and the gratitude she has to his work and to the Dharma itself for what she describes as the chance to live as a human being. 
    Recorded at the Triratna International Council, September 2019.
    For more: https://thebuddhistcentre.com/internationalcouncil

    • 13 min
    Manjusvara - Part 2: Half My Life

    Manjusvara - Part 2: Half My Life

    "Buddhism gave me an understanding - or at least a suggestion that one could change"
    In this second in the two part series about Manjusvara we hear about the three things that fundamentally changed his life: a car accident, coming across the London Buddhist Centre and fundraising. 
    From his time in the US through to the practice of writing as a means of transformation to his involvement in fundraising for Karuna, Manjusvara celebrates having spent half his life in the Triratna Buddhist Community and all the opportunities it has given him to live a meaningful existence.
    This is part two of a two part series on Manjusvara. Listen to part one. (https://audioboom.com/posts/7314538-manjusvara-part-1-twenty-years-in-the-western-buddhist-order)
    Extracts from this talk were used for the 50 Years, 50 Voices project - visit the dedicated space on The Buddhist Centre Online for more. (https://thebuddhistcentre.com/50Voices/50-years-50-voices-manjusvara)

    • 42 min
    Manjusvara - Part 1: Twenty Years in the Western Buddhist Order

    Manjusvara - Part 1: Twenty Years in the Western Buddhist Order

    "Do not use Buddhism to protect yourself from life... use it to celebrate life"
    Manjusvara - poet, musician, fundraiser - died while leading at retreat at Dhanakosa in 2011. Here he is, in 2007, giving a talk marking the twentieth anniversary of his ordination.
    He explores the history of his engagement with the Triratna Buddhist Order (previously the Western Buddhist Centre), starting with his first encounter with the London Buddhist Centre and taking in many significant learnings along the way including the vital importance of friendship, the loneliness of not being able to talk about the most precious things in life and the beauty of the ethical precepts.
    By turns humorous and lyrical, Manjusvara shares his story (and the occasional poem) and thereby illuminates what it means to live a Dharmically-inspired life.
    (This is part one of a two part series on Manjusvara. Listen to part two (https://audioboom.com/posts/7316445-manjusvara-part-2-half-my-life) )
    Extracts from this talk were used for the 50 Years, 50 Voices project - visit the dedicated space on The Buddhist Centre Online for more. (https://thebuddhistcentre.com/50Voices/50-years-50-voices-manjusvara)

    • 48 min
    Kiranada - A Year of Silence (with Q & A)

    Kiranada - A Year of Silence (with Q & A)

    What is it like to spend a year alone and in silence out in the wild? Find out, with Kiranada's wonderful readings and reflections on her time of deep solitude and peace.

    • 58 min
    Danayutta - Depth Charges

    Danayutta - Depth Charges

    _"Someone said to me, on one's ordination retreat, depth charges are planted - and you never know when they are going to go off..._"

    Danayutta was working as an investment banker in London when she first decided to go on a 10-day retreat with the London Buddhist Centre. This retreat changed the direction of her life - she realised that she wanted to commit to the Dharma life rather than pursuing her career, working on a busy trading floor.

    _"Because probably by the time I'd finished working...I'd be thoroughly burned out and then where would I get that energy to pursue a Dharma life? In a way the best years of my life would have been spent...I think I just had this moment when I realised I was rehearsing excuses and actually, deep down, what I really wanted was to put my energy into serving the Dharma..._" 

    Here she talks to Satyalila about her experience of encountering the Dharma in London, being brought up in Malaysia in a Buddhist family, the joy of community living, getting married during the ordination process and how her practice has unfolded since ordination.

    Conversation recorded in 2018.

    Extracts from this talk were used for the 50 Years, 50 Voices project - [visit the dedicated space on The Buddhist Centre Online for more.](https://thebuddhistcentre.com/50Voices/50-years-50-voices-danayutta)

    • 56 min
    Ananda - Recollections of Bhante

    Ananda - Recollections of Bhante

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

    Ananda was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order (then the Western Buddhist Order) on the 7th April 1968, which makes him the most long-standing member of our Order. 

    In this full and frank conversation with Satyalila, Ananda speaks about his own spiritual journey in the Triratna Buddhist Order and his relationship with Bhante, Urgyen Sangharakshita, the founder of that Order.

    From his first impressions of Bhante, to getting to know him better, and developing their friendship - as well as working through difficulties - Ananda emphasises again and again the vital importance of bringing our feelings into the spiritual life - and the spiritual life into our feelings.

    Recorded at the Bristol Buddhist Centre on the 26th July 2015.

    Extracts from this talk were used for the 50 Years, 50 Voices project - [visit the dedicated space on The Buddhist Centre Online for more.](http://thebuddhistcentre.com/50Voices/50-years-50-voices-ananda)

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