Monday, March 22, 2010

Sangharakshita's Diary

Vidyaruci, Sangharakshita's secretary, reports -

"You will be glad to know that Bhante has recovered well from his recent angina attack, and after a week or two of taking things relatively easy, is now back to his usual routine of walks, interviews and correspondence. Other than this dramatic and worrying episode the most noteworthy feature of the last month has been a series of visits by Subhuti, who interviewed Bhante on some of his more recent 'philosophical' thinking. He has also had a visit from a Manchester GFR group.

"With Bhante's assistance, Paramartha has started cataloguing Bhante's personal archive. So far 37 box files have been catalogued. The material includes lecture notes, press cuttings, correspondence, articles and book reviews.

"I have read to Bhante the whole of Suzuki's translation of The Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana, as well as reading Shabda to him. Paramartha has read him some of the Gnostic texts from The Nag Hammadi Library. The audio book service has provided information and entertainment by way of Congo Journey by
Redmond O'Hanlon in which the author meets Bantus, pygmies, and sorcerers, adopts a baby gorilla, and encounters an amazing variety of flora and fauna. Bhante also enjoyed In Search of the Dark Ages, which he thought was history writing at its best. It emphasises dominant personalities such as Boudicca, Alfred the Great, Athelstan, and Eric Bloodaxe, rather than emphasising economics and social trends. The last audio book to which Bhante listened this month was My Invented Country by Isabelle Allende, in which the author gives a vivid picture of pre-Pinochet Chile as she remembers it".

Madhyamaloka 15/03/10 .



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