Croydon Digital Archive

Croydon has been home to FWBO / Triratna Buddhist communities and centres since 1968. Many early talks by well known speakers were recorded, both at Aryatara since 1979 and at the "new" Croydon Centre from 1981. These are now being transferred from their crumbling cassettes to digital format, as part of the Croydon Digital Archive Project, and are being made available to everyone.

We want to celebrate Bhante's 90th birthday by releasing a previously unheard recording, made in 1990 at the Croydon Arts centre of Bhante the poet enjoying an evening with friends. The tape gives a very strong sense of Bhante enjoying the arts - he wanted to include the duet from the Pearl fishers as well as the poems, and includes a personal reflection of Sangharakshita by Naghabodhi.

There are more than 100 unheard recordings from different speakers, as well as historic photographs and documents, in the Croydon Digital Archive and we will be uploading them over the coming months so that they can be freely available.

If you would like to help us edit these digitised talks, please contact Carol at

Triratna NewsByte

From its office in the Manchester Buddhist Centre, UK, Clear Vision has been providing Triratna with professional Buddhist video services for more than 20 years. It runs the VideoSangha website, where you can find reams of FWBO and Triratna video going back many years.

Says director Upekshapriya, “For many years, we supplied the then FWBO with “FWBO Newsreels” twice a year. Watching them on video cassette was a regular and very popular sangha event in many Centres, giving people a strong sense of being part of a worldwide Buddhist movement.

Of course our new online “Triratna Newsbyte” is much easier to distribute! It has the potential to reach far more viewers and lots of people will watch it on their iPads etc, but what we’d really like is for you to watch it together - in large numbers.”

Newsbyte 2 will be released in November, for Sangha Day. Put it on your Centre calendar! Don’t forget, Newsbyte is international. Clear Vision want to know about your news, wherever you are.

Check out the first Triratna NewsByte here at Vimeo
Or download it here

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