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50 Years, 50 Voices: Vijaya (Highlights)

By sucimani 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)

By Candradasa 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)

By sanghadhara 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...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Vajratara (Highlights)

By Satyalila on Thu, 4 Oct, 2018 - 14:46

I just would be an unintegrated mess if it wasn’t for the Sangha… communication with others and their help, and the inspiration of Sangha.


This interview was recorded in 2012. 

Vajratara Annals

In 1968 I was not born. My parents were working in London on Vogue magazine where my father was feature’s editor and my mother worked in fashion. Apparently my father was so shy to ask my mother out that he went into her office, an office of only...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Amalavajra and Jayaraja (Highlights)

By Satyalila on Wed, 26 Sep, 2018 - 19:15

It’s a practice for the fundraiser and it’s a practice for the potential donor… a sort-of cremation ground in the Padmasambhava sense.

It’s kind-of like I’m definitely feeling like I’m Santa Claus…

Amalavajra’s Annals

In 1968 I was not even a gleam in my Dad’s eye, because he wasn’t to meet my Mum for another two years, on a ferry to a twenty-something villa holiday in Sicily.

In 1978 I was five years old and had spent half my life...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Megha (Highlights)

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 (Highlights)

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 (Highlights)

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 (Highlights)

By Candradasa on Wed, 29 Aug, 2018 - 16:21

It’s like the laboratory of our minds.

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...

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50 Years, 50 Voices: Purna (Highlights)

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...