A great conversation with six members of the Triratna Buddhist Order from North America at the end of their bi-annual Convention. Karunadevi, Amala, Suddhayu, Viradhamma, and Rijupatha all join our host Manidha for a round-table discussion of what it means to be part of Triratna on this continent in 2014.
Some thoughtful recollections from the early days in the mid-’80s meet a wonderful sense of optimism and gratitude from the present as we consider conditions for practice in the USA and Canada and our relations to the wider spiritual community beyond our own shores.
Recorded on the sun porch with birds and frogs and crickets at Aryaloka Retreat Center in New Hampshire, September 2014.
A fascinating set of tales from Suriyadhamma from his many years worth of Buddhist practice. Taking us from his first encounters with the writings of Alan Watts in the ’60s through his long discipleship with Chogyam Trungpa and eventual membership of the Triratna Buddhist Order itself. And a wonderful insight into practice for someone who has lost his sight and finds light and joy all around him, especially through meditation. Suriyadhamma’s is a compelling and encouraging voice.
Recorded at Aryaloka Buddhist Retreat Center, New Hampshire, September 2014.
In today’s podcast we meet Aryadrishti, courageously pioneering with a brand new Buddhist Center in Portland, Oregon, in the far west of the United States. We hear about the challenges she faces in building a community, and some of the innovative ways she’s adopted for a very particular kind of American context. Having started out alone this is a great glimpse into the early days of a new sangha and the rewards that come from such strong clarity of purpose and perseverance.
Recorded at Aryaloka Retreat Center, New Hampshire, in September 2014.
A lovely interview with Dayamati, Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico and far-flung Order member! Hailing these days from Albuquerque we hear how he stays in touch with his inspiration in the Order when the nearest Triratna Buddhist Center is 1000 miles away. We also revisit his book, ‘Land Of No Buddha’ and get a glimpse into his work as one of the Sanskrit experts who pre-approves names chosen for new members of the Order…