Buddhist Voices

50 Years, 50 Voices: Amritavani (Highlights)

On Sat, 4 June, 2022 - 10:55
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School runs every day, tantrums, tears (from me as well!)… Family life can be a messy life!

Amritavani’s Annals
In 1968 I was not yet born into this world.

In 1978 I was 3 years old and during this year my family moved from North Wales to Devon. My dad was in his early 20s and we moved as he found a new job in a shoe shop in Exeter.

In 1988 I was 13 years old. I was living in Exmouth in Devon with my parents and my sister. I went to a Convent School called “The Convent of the Holy Family”. My mum was a bus driver at the time and my dad was running a small business as a Lorry driver and they both worked very hard so that my sister and I could attend a private school.

In 1998 I was 23 years old and it was in this year that I discovered the Dharma at the Croydon Buddhist Centre. I attended drop ins and learned to meditate with Vijayasri and Succimani. That is where it started but for years I would come and go mainly thinking that becoming a Buddhist was probably for other people and not for me.

In 2008 I was I was 33 years old. I became a mitra a year previously as well as getting married to Alex. In 2008 I had my first child, a little boy called George and he totally changed our lives. My interest in the Dharma became stronger and stronger from this point on.

In 2018 I’m now 43 years old. I have two children who are 9 and 6 and I asked for ordination when my youngest child Phoebe was only 6 months old. I was ordained around 18 months ago. I live with my husband Alex and the children in Saffron Walden. I am settling still after ordination and always trying to work with the how to be in the world as a mother, wife and an Order Member.

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