Triratna News

Ordinations at Vijayaloka in Australia

Posted 19 days ago

Dear Friends,

We are delighted to announce that on 30 April 2024 the ordinations of the following eight women from Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand took place at Vijayaloka Retreat Centre near Sydney, Australia:

Public Preceptor Sudrishti:

Cheryl Richardson from Kempsey becomes Dayadhi, a Sanskrit name meaning she who has the qualities of kindness and wisdom
Registered spelling: Dayadhi
Private preceptor: Prakashika

Pam Verrall from Sydney becomes Kusalavaca, a Pali name meaning she who is skilled or wholesome in speech
Registered spelling: Kusalavacha
Private preceptor: Megha

Gillian Reffell from Sydney becomes Ahimsadhi, a Sanskrit name meaning she who has the wisdom of non-harming
Registered spelling: Ahimsadhi
Private preceptor: Shubhavyuha

Talia Eilon from Melbourne becomes Maitridharani, a Sanskrit name meaning she who has the magical charm of loving kindness
Registered spelling: Maitridharani
Private preceptor: Dantacitta

Pubic Preceptor Vajrajyoti:

Caitlin Scott from Auckland becomes Khadhira, a Sanskrit name meaning she who has sky-like wisdom
Registered spelling: Khadhira
Private preceptor: Khemayogini

Public Preceptor Malini:

Felicity Bolley from Auckland becomes Mettasarasi, a Pali name meaning she who is a lake of loving-kindness
Registered spelling: Mettasarasi
Private preceptor: Vajrajyoti

Sue Coyle from Auckland becomes Moksamani, a Sanskrit name meaning jewel of liberation
Registered spelling: Mokshamani
Private preceptor: Vikasini

Public Preceptor Megha:

Em Ingram Shute from Sydney becomes Saralila, a Sanskrit name meaning she who plays in what is essential
Registered spelling: Saralila
Private preceptor: Prakashika

Pictured above back row L to R: Khadhira, Mettasarasi, Maitridharini, Saralila, Moksamani, Kusalavaca
Front row L to R: Ahimsadhi and Dayadhi

With metta,

Megha, Malini, Sudrishti and Vajrajyoti

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Public Ordinations at Padmaloka

Posted 20 days ago

Dear Friends,

We are delighted to announce that the ordinations of the following 19 men took place at Padmaloka Retreat Centre on 27th April 2024.

Public Preceptor Padmavajra:

Julian Haxby becomes Aryamanas - ‘He who has a Noble Mind’
Private Preceptor Mangala

Plinio Coll become Khahadaya - ‘One whose Heart is like the Sky’
Private Preceptor Rijumitra

Archie Conway becomes Kusaladhara - ‘He who bears the Skilful in Mind’
Private Preceptor Keturaja

Denis Baker becomes Sanghajiva - ‘He whose Life is for the Spiritual Community’
Private Preceptor Jayagupta

Nick Green becomes Vishvabandhu - ‘One who is a Friend to Every One’
Private Preceptor Bodhivamsa

Jeremy Peters becomes Dharmachanda - ‘He who has a Desire for the Truth’
Private Preceptor Priyadaka

Tim Allard becomes Shantinara - ‘Man of Peace’
Private Preceptor Sujana

Achim Ehrlich becomes Upekshasiddha - ‘He who is Accomplished in Equanimity’
Private Preceptor Amogharatna

Thomas Kaiser becomes Shubhaloka - ‘He whose Vision is of Beauty’
Private Preceptor Mahasraddha

Chris Devlin becomes Shraddharava - ‘He who Roars with Faith’
Private Preceptor Sanghadeva

Chris Langley becomes Rijubalin - ‘He who is Upright and Strong’
Private Preceptor Nayaka

Paul Johnson becomes Danabha - ‘He who has the Brightness of Giving’
Private Preceptor Danapriya

Jamie Craigie becomes Kamalasiha - ‘Lion who is like a Red Lotus’
Private Preceptor Amoghavajra

Stephan Reilly becomes Satyaprapta - ‘He who is Accomplished in the Truth’
Private Preceptor Jnanadhara

Eddie Bacon becomes Nagashura - ‘Naga Hero’
Private Preceptor Srikirti

Nils Lundgren becomes Padmayodha - ‘Lotus Warrior’
Private Preceptor Gunaketu

Hiral Patel becomes Suryadasa - ‘He who serves the Sun-like Radiance of the Buddha’
Private Preceptor Mangala

Jeremy Slynn becomes Amaladasa - ‘He who is a Servant of the stainless state of Awakening’
Private Preceptor Vidyadaka

Public Preceptor Amogharatna:

Fabian Heinrich becomes Gunavira - ‘Hero filled with Excellent Qualities’.
Private Preceptor Aryabandhu

With metta,

Padmavajra and Amogharatna

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Suvana Cohousing

Posted 4 weeks ago

Here’s a great conversation between Jnanavaca and Tejasvini about the creation of a visionary new project in Cambridge, UK. Part of Suvana Cohousing’s vision is to create a multi-generational community, and also to provide some housing for Triratna retirees. For example, people who have lived many years in Buddhist communities but may need to have their own living space in retirement. And also younger people who struggle to find secure housing.

For anyone interested in this brilliant initiative - perhaps replicable in your own local context - now is a very good time to join Suvana Cohousing as a co-creator (only £20 per household per year). As a co-creator you can have an influence on the project, and get to know the other co-creators. Who knows? You may be living with them in future!

Suvana Cohousing are looking especially for people interested in buying a house or apartment in the new community. Many of those involved would like to live independently but as part of a Buddhist community. This model may appeal to a lot of other sangha members too, wherever they are in the world.

The exciting latest news is that Suvana Cohousing may have a site they can proceed with (a new build, not far from Cambridge city), which has a building timescale currently estimated to be four years.

What is cohousing?
Cohousing communities are intentional communities, created and run by their residents. Each household has a self-contained, private home as well as shared community space. Residents come together to manage their community, share activities, and regularly eat together.

Suvana Cohousing vision
We would like to live together ethically in a sustainable community of independence, beauty and creativity, caring for each other and sharing our lives and resources. Our community will be guided by Buddhist values. We plan to be open to anyone who shares the principles laid out in this vision statement, whether labelling themselves Buddhist or not.

  • Value-based community
  • Wider neighbourhood
  • Location
  • Community activities
  • People
  • Accommodation
  • Sustainability

Read the full vision statement from Suvana

+ follow Suvana Cohousing on Instagram

Subscribe to Suvana Cohousing on YouTube

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Legacies: A Call to Reflect and Act

Posted 6 weeks ago

Dear Friends,

We are delighted to be able to share with you some touching news.

Janaka, a beacon of compassion to so many of us, has left a lasting legacy by supporting his three cherished charities in his Will: the Abhayaratna Trust, Karuna and Vajraloka.

Janaka’s generosity has not only empowered our three charities to continue our vital work, but it has also inspired us to reflect on the profound impact each of us can make when we plan for the future. His legacy serves as a reminder that collectively, through our individual actions, we possess the ability to shape the world for generations to come.

We extend our deepest gratitude to Janaka for his kindness and vision. His gift will make a truly profound difference in the lives of those we serve in our charities.

A Call to Reflect and Act
Janaka’s inspiring example invites us to consider the lasting impact we can leave on the world. The actions and decisions we make in the present can benefit others far beyond our own lifetime – and including Triratna charities in your Will is a beautiful way to ensure just that.

Please consider the power you have to positively transform lives and leave a gift in your Will. For more information on how to leave a lasting legacy, please visit:

Abhayaratna Trust

Karuna Trust

Vajraloka Retreat Centre

In gratitude and solidarity,

Mahasraddha, Abhayaratna Trust
Padmadaka, Karuna Trust

Rijumitra, Vajraloka

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About Janaka
Janaka was ordained in 1993 by Suvajra. He was 81 years old when he died in July 2022. He first came along to the London Buddhist Centre at the end of the 1970s and was very active in the movement since that time. In his more than forty years with Triratna, he lived, mostly in communities, in London, Oxford, Glasgow, Dhanakosa, Cambridge and, for the last 15 years of his life, in Bristol where he became a much loved and appreciated Sangha member. He also had a close connection with India, working for many years for Karuna, and visiting India on a number of occasions.

Janaka’s sadhana was Avalokitesvara and he very much exemplified compassion in his life.

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Saddhamma Pradip Ordinations

Posted 6 weeks ago

Namo Buddhay, Jaibhim.

We are delighted to let you know the names of the new Dharmacharinis who were publicly ordained at Saddhamma Pradip, Bhaja, in Pune on 25th March 2024.

Public Preceptor Shubhajaya:

Lata Kasabe becomes Vimoksha meaning “Liberated”
Private preceptor Abhayavati

Anuradha Kate becomes Vipulratna meaning “One who has an abundance of jewels”
Private preceptor Abhayavati

Rohini Sawant becomes Anomacitta meaning “One who has an excellent mind”
Private preceptor Abhayavati

Shalini Jadhav becomes Prajnavati meaning ”One who has wisdom”
Private preceptor Abhayavati

Public Preceptor Abhayavati:

Shweta Bhandare becomes Harshabodhini meaning “Joyful Awakening”
Private preceptor Shubhajaya

Draupadi Bansode becomes Nirmalvajri meaning “She who wields the vajra of purity”
Private preceptor Vijaya

Malti Waghmare becomes Ratnalocana meaning “One who has jewel-like vision”
Private preceptor Vijaya

Public Preceptor Abhayadana:

Kalpana Thelkar becomes Kshantigita meaning “One whose song is of patience”
Private preceptor Suprabha

Tara Patil becomes Aryaruchi meaning “One who longs for the Noble Ones”
Private preceptor Suprabha

Kalpana Rangari becomes Aryaniti meaning “One whose conduct is noble”
Private preceptor Suprabha

Suvarna Chatur becomes Vidyaprabha meaning “One who has the radiance of knowledge”
Private preceptor Suprabha

Rashmi Baudha becomes Punyadharini meaning “She who bears the positive effects of her practice”
Private preceptor Vijaya

Meenakshi Shreshthi becomes Jnanadharini meaning “Bearer of wisdom”
Private preceptor Vijaya

Manda Tembhekar becomes Ratnatara meaning ”One who has a jewel-like radiance”
Private preceptor Vijaya

Public Preceptor Vijaya:

Suman Dhengre becomes Aryadharini meaning ”She who possesses the qualities of the Noble Ones”
Private preceptor Abhayadana

Chaya Khobragade becomes Amoghasara meaning “She who has a strong unerring core”
Private preceptor Abhayadana

Pornima Gajbhiye becomes Moksharatna meaning “Jewel of Liberation”
Private preceptor Ojogita.

Shanta Khobragade becomes Taradharini meaning “One who bears Tara in mind”
Private preceptor Ojogita

Karuna Shrirame becomes Punyagita meaning “One whose song is of merit”
Private preceptor Suprabha

Pictured above L to R:
Line 1 sitting: Vidyaprabha, Punyadharini, Vimoksha
Line 2 sitting: Kshantigita, Aryaruchi, Jnanadharini, Anomacitta
Standing: Ratnalocana, Taradharini, Aryadharini, Amoghasara, Aryaniti, Ratnatara, Nirmalvajri, Moksharatna, Prajnavati, Punyagita, Vipulratna, Harshabodhini.

With metta,

Vijaya

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Ordinations at Sudarshanaloka in New Zealand

Posted 7 weeks ago

Dear Friends,

We are delighted to announce that the ordinations of the following six men took place at Sudarshanaloka Retreat Centre in New Zealand on 28th March 2024:

Public Preceptor Purna:

David Raubenheimer becomes Dharmaprakāśa (fourth ’a’ is long, acute accent over the ’s’), a Sanskrit name meaning “He who is bright and shining with and through the Dharma”
Registered spelling: Dharmaprakasha
Private preceptor: Guhyasiddhi

Public Preceptor Siladasa:

Glenn Cecil becomes Puṇyanāga (dot under the first ‘n’, second ‘a’ is long), a Sanskrit name meaning “Naga who displays the positive effects of practice and action”
Registered spelling: Punyanaga
Private preceptor: Viryasiddhi

Rob Young becomes Maitrījāta (second ‘i’ is long, second ‘a’ is long), a Sanskrit name meaning “He who is born from kindness and friendliness”
Registered spelling: Maitrijata
Private preceptor: Arunamalin

Clifford Plumpton becomes Dharmanara, a Sanskrit name meaning “Man of the Dharma”
Registered spelling: Dharmanara
Private preceptor: Viraja

John Leung becomes Vīryamuni (long first ‘i’), a Sanskrit name meaning “He who is an energetic sage”
Registered spelling: Viryamuni
Private preceptor: Pamojjacitta

Roland Walker becomes Cittaketu, a Sanskrit name meaning “One who carries the banner of the bodhicitta”
Registered spelling: Cittaketu
Private preceptor: Viryasiddhi

Pictured above L to R: Dharmaprakasha, Punyanaga, Maitrijata, Dharmanara, Viryamuni, Cittaketu

With metta,

Purna & Siladasa

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Competition: Help Animate Mara's Army!

Posted 11 weeks ago

Dear Families,

I’m creating a video about the life of the Buddha.

Support Aryajit’s new animated work: ‘A Brief History of Buddhism in Six Minutes’

One of the most enjoyable parts of creating the video is drawing Mara (the “Lord of Death”) and his army, who try to stop the Buddha gaining Enlightenment by attacking him. I have been drawing beings from indian mythology, like Raksanas and Yaksas, but also skeleton armies, dinosaurs, dragons (as you can see from the attached sketches) but I need your help completing the army!

I’m holding a competition for children to design a being for Mara’s army. The being can be purely from the depths of your imagination or you can draw inspiration from mythology or books and so on.

There are two age categories: a 4-11 category and 12-17.

You can use whatever medium you wish to make the design: pencil, pen, paint, charcoal, sculpture… And I will draw your design into the animation.

I will choose my favourite design from each category, and put it in my ‘Legend of the Buddha’ animation, which will be released on Wesak Day, 23rd May. I will also post other designs on social media.

Aryajit [at] addmotion.uk (subject: Scary%20Monsters) (Please submit your designs by email)

The deadline for the competition is the 30th of April.

Have fun - and let me know if you have any questions!

Aryajit

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You can see Aryajit’s work on our new ‘Discover Buddhism’ pages (requires login and activation of the new site)

Watch Aryajit’s ‘Guide to the Buddhist Path’ animations on YouTube

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Primera ceremonia de mitras en Sevilla

Posted 12 weeks ago

-Primera ceremonia de Mitras en Sevilla-

Con gran alegría os queremos informar de la primera ceremonia de mitras de la Comunidad Triratna en Sevilla, que tuvo lugar este sábado pasado, 24 de Febrero. Silamani ofició la ceremonia y varios MMOO, mitras y amigos, de varios lugares de España, estuvieron presentes.
¡Bien hecho Belén Cuadrado!

Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu

Con Metta,

Prajñajyoti García
Grupo Triratna Sevilla

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First Mitra Ceremony in Seville -First Mitra Ceremony in Seville-.

It is with great joy that we would like to inform you about the first mitre ceremony of the Triratna Community in Seville, which took place last Saturday, February 24th. Silamani officiated the ceremony and several Order Members, mitras and friends, from various parts of Spain, were present.


Well done Belen Cuadrado!

Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu

With Metta,

Prajñajyoti Garcia
Triratna Group Seville

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Windhorse Publications turns 50

Posted 4 months ago

This year is going to be significant for Windhorse Publications. After 50 years in operation, we have a lot to celebrate!

Back in the 1970s, what is now Windhorse Publications started out as a scattering of right livelihood businesses including typesetters, printers, distributors and publishers. At first, its newsletters and journals were published under the name Friends of the Western Buddhist Order. It then became Windhorse Press in the early 1970s when it began publishing full length books, starting with The Essence of Zen. By the early 1980s, it had become Windhorse Publications.

Throughout 2024, we’ll be looking back over 50 years of Dharma publishing and sharing stories from Windhorse’s past. We’ll also look to the future of our books, podcasts, courses and other ways we can continue to support the Dharma life of our community.

In a fine twist of fate, as well as celebrating our 50th anniversary, this year we’ll also be publishing the last three volumes of Sangharakshita’s Complete Works.

Please join our celebrations

There are many ways for you to participate in our 50th anniversary celebrations…

  • First up will be the International Triratna Day online celebrations on Saturday the 6th of April. At that event, we’ll highlight Windhorse Publications’ roots in Sangharakshita’s talks and writing, and the project of living and working together as part of our Buddhist practice. More information about that event will be available soon here on thebuddhistcentre.com and its social media channels.

  • From the 22nd to the 25th of August, members of the Triratna Buddhist Order are invited to gather at the Combined Area Order Weekend at Adhisthana, where we’ll celebrate Sangharakshita’s writings and the texts and ideas that ground us in the practice of the Dharma.

— Volume 6 will be The Essential Sangharakshita, originally published by Wisdom Publications.

— Volume 11, A New Buddhist Movement I, includes articles and interviews of the early years of what is now the Triratna Buddhist movement.

— Volume 27’s editor Vidyadevi is deep at work producing the last, and definitely not least volume: Concordance to the Complete Works. Somewhere between an index and an Encyclopaedia, the Concordance will be a guide to a lifetime of Sangharakshita’s published Dharma teaching.

We’d love to hear from you!

How have Windhorse Publications’ books introduced you to the Dharma, touched your life, or supported your practice? Please share your stories with us.

You can send us an email (info [at] windhorsepublications.com) with your story: it could be about an experience of reading one of the books we’ve published, or how you’ve used a book (or books) in your practice, or a book-based course or study you did that had a profound influence… And if you can, please share a picture of yourself with the book cover, or better yet, send a short video clip, telling us where you are and what book or books have touched your life.

Windhorse Publications has been run on a shoestring its whole existence. Publishing is a precarious business and a labour of love, and today the challenges are particularly acute. We’d love to ensure that Windhorse Publications goes into the next 50 years strong and independent, and publishing the books we value. You can be part of that by donating now.

We hope to see you in 2024!

With much metta

The (current) Windhorse Publications team: Dhammamegha, Liz, Michelle, Utpalavajri and Walter

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Ordination at the Helsinki Buddhist Centre

Posted 5 months ago

Sunday 10th December 2023

Dear Order Members,

The public ordination of Jarkko Lavinen took place this afternoon at the Helsinki Buddhist Centre.

He becomes Lalitachitta, meaning he whose mind is playful
Maharatnapriya was his private preceptor and Saddhaloka was his public preceptor.

With much metta,

Saddhaloka

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Ordination in New Zealand

Posted 5 months ago

Dear friends,

I am delighted to announce that the former Don Lawson was publicly ordained on 10th December at the Wellington Buddhist Centre.

He becomes Surangamamati, ‘He who has a mind of heroic progress’ . There is an accent above the ’s’, long ‘u’ and a dot over the ‘n’.

Registered spelling Shurangamamati.

His private preceptor is Purna and his public preceptor is Ratnavyuha.

With Metta,

Ratnavyuha

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TIRATANALOKA [UNLIMITED]: Breaking News

Posted 6 months ago

I was absolutely astounded by Karunadhi’s phone-call telling me that the Windhorse Trust was giving Tiratanaloka Unlimited half-a-million pounds! She had to say it twice before it sank in. Then I burst into tears of our gratitude. What an affirmation to all of us - to all of you who believe so deeply in this project. And it’s a massive leap forward for our fundraising. This brings our new total to over one million pounds, which means we’re over two-thirds of the way to our £1.5 million target!

The Windhorse Trust was set up in the 1980s by those running Windhorse:Evolution - a wholesale and retail team-based right-livelihood gift business. Loads of us used to work for Windhorse. I had 5 ½ happy years at the Dublin Shop and nearly all the Tiratanaloka team worked in UK shops.

We made lots of profits, so even though the business sadly closed in 2015, the Trust is still able to give away money. So if you’ve ever worked, volunteered, bought a gift or received a gift from Windhorse, you are part of this amazing donation!

Please share this wonderful news! Share the video far and wide!

With love and gratitude from Subhadramati

P.S. Now that our target is so much nearer don’t miss your chance to take part in this Movement-critical project . Give now or click here to make a pledge.

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Babasaheb Ambedkar arrives at Adhisthana

Posted 6 months ago

For several years now, during each international Preceptors’ College meeting, time is dedicated to hearing from the kula of Public Preceptors in India. This was a special year, with all ten of them able to travel over, making up more than 20% of those gathered for the meeting.

One morning was spent hearing about the work of the ordination teams and public preceptors in India, including the establishment of a new retreat centre dedicated to ordination training, Sudarshan Bhumi, named in memory of Sudarshan. During a free afternoon, the India Kula cooked a celebratory dinner for the Adhisthana Community and College, and then led us all in a very special evening during which Subhuti was invited to unveil a bust of Dr Ambedkar. The India Kula commissioned the bust to be made especially for Adhisthana following a conversation with Bhante in 2018, and it has now taken up it’s place in the room above the shrine room, rededicated as ‘Bhim Smrti’.

Following a Pali Puja recited by Ratnashil and Abhayavati, we processed via the burial mound to ‘Bhim Smrti’, where the bust was unveiled and garlanded. Amrutdeep, Amoghasiddhi and Subhuti invoked the deep connection between Sangharakshita and Dr. Ambedkar, their shared vision of the dharma and it’s transformative potential for society, affirming Babasaheb’s relevance to the whole world. There was traditional Ambedkarite song and chanting, and we ended with the Dhammapalam Gatha. It was a powerful and affecting event – a highlight of the meeting for many present.

“As I worked on my description of that historic ceremony, and tried to bring out the significance of some of the things Ambedkar had done, I became more than ever aware how much there was in common between his approach to Buddhism and mine. Though the saying itself may not have been current in his day, for him, too, commitment was primary, lifestyle secondary, as his contemptuous dismissal of pseudo- monasticism in `The Buddha and the Future of His Religion’ abundantly testified. His assertion, in effect, of the fundamental unity of the Buddhist spiritual community, corresponded to my own insistence on the central importance of Going for Refuge…”

– Sangharakshita, from ‘The History of my Going for Refuge

You can see a fuller version of the three talks at the dedication of Bhim Smrti, here.

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Ordinations on the Pan-American Convention, Mexico

Posted 6 months ago

Dear Friends,

We are delighted to let you know the names of the new dharmacharinis publicly ordained in Mexico on 23rd October.

Public Preceptor Karunadevi

MJ Moore becomes Prajñākavī, a Sanskrit name meaning “Poet of Wisdom”
Registered spelling: Prajnakavi
Private preceptor: Padmatara

Kelly Cowger becomes Ākāśanāthā, a Sanskrit name meaning “One who has open space as a protector”
Registered spelling: Akashanatha
Private preceptor: Aryadrishti

Public Preceptor Amala

Maryellen Burke becomes Dayāpradīpā, a Sanskrit name meaning “She who is a lamp of compassion”
Registered spelling: Dayapradipa
Private preceptor: Viriyalila

Sadhu!

Karunadevi & Amala

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Sangharakshita Songs

Posted 7 months ago

Next February a date has been scheduled to record a setting of 8 poems by Sangharakshita, with The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the South African baritone Theo Magongoma. Entitled Sangharakshita Songs, they can be heard here in a piano version with Manidhara/Graham Titus:

Listen to the piano version of Sangharakshita Songs

Listen to more pieces on on Akashadeva’s web site

Essentially, the plan is to combine this work with the existing 2019 recording of the Carbon Symphony, and to launch a worldwide CD and streaming platform release of the two works on the SOMM CD label.

A JustGiving campaign is now in place to cover the cost of this project. Any help, be it via fund-raising ideas, or donations, will be welcome.

Support the Sangharakshita Songs Project

Very best wishes,

Akashadeva/David Earl

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