1. I found it totally absorbing, engaging and very moving. A wonderful piece of work and an incredible record of the early days.          Mangala

  2. A fantastic project . If I think back, I could wish it could have been otherwise, or I could have been more mature etc., but I can really see and appreciate how much the Movement has grown spiritually from setting in motion single sex activities.          Dhammadinna

  3. Congratulations with completing part 3 (Time of Fire). It's quite a task to keep interest when you are lacking live-action but I thought you handled the limited material very skilfully.    Mokshapriya                                   more


  1. I appreciate the beauty, tenderness and wit of the films.  I like being invited to explore new worlds so as to make my own discoveries and feel free to respond.        Santva


  1. We all enjoyed it. My sense was that we had a straight forward response to Bhante, regarded him as our teacher and therefore it was really interesting to find out more about him. Having read a lot of Bhante’s biographical writing I think it was good to have images to go with what we had read. For example I particularly enjoyed seeing the image of Padmasambhava that had struck him so forcefully. The film is I think of real value to everyone in the Order or preparing to join the Order.        Maitreyaraja

  2. I appreciate your efforts as reflected in both these films. I especially appreciated seeing a visual record of places where Bhante stayed or visited his teachers. I did find the film jumped around a bit and thought more could have been done to flesh out some of the sequences on some of Bhante’s teachers. However I feel a lot of gratitude to you for this record.            Sanghadevi


  1. I did like it very much. It's a beautiful piece of work. Sadhu!  During many visits since 1988, I've learned that India is such a multifarious place, sometimes the best way to comprehend it, is through someone else's gaze. Suryaprabha sees much that moves the heart, sets the mind thinking, and stirs the conscience. This is both a polemical and poetic film and deserves as wide an audience as possible.          Manjusvara

  2. In its 65 minutes it manages to pack in a great deal of serious and often very intimate content– we witness the hopes and aspirations of young orphans growing up in TBMSG hostels; the frank admissions of women living in a Buddhist community as they discuss between themselves their plans up until marriage (and beyond!); the rousing exhortations of Subhuti as he urges his listeners to initiate a “peaceful revolution”. We glimpse the appalling caste violence that mar the lives of many Dalits in India today, and end with the spectacular extravagance of an inter-caste wedding. Highly recommended.            Lokabandhu                more

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  1. I found it funny and fresh and moving and I thought it really did communicate both the ordinariness and the magic of friendship and though it was on the theme of men and friendship was likely to be enjoyed as much by women as men.    Vajradarshini

  2. I enjoyed watching Ordinary Magic last night, despite my poor vision. Though it was a bit rough at the edges here and there I appreciated the general thrust of the video. Taranatha's account of his friendship with Brian was particularly moving. Urgyen Sangharakshita

  3. Captures the quotidian yet splendid nature of friendship…such well-chosen speakers in ones, twos and threes…My film of the year!      Dayasara                   more


  1. I’d heard it hadn’t gone down well with some of the Americans who saw it on the Convention so was interested to find that my own response was positive. I rather wonder if they have mistaken your purpose, ie, it is not intended as an exhaustive overview of the FWBO in USA. Personally I found it inspiring in as much as I think it conveyed something of the forces Americans are up against in trying to practise the dharma in USA - you showed people grappling with real issues to do with friendship, intimacy, community and livelihood as well as the difficulties that arise transposing a UK centric perspective on a situation far removed from troubled waters elsewhere. Perhaps a little more footage of obviously flourishing classes at Aryaloka or SF might have been appreciated but as an outsider who has visited US regularly and knows most of the situations and many of the people on the film, I thought it was an honest portrayal of the issues you focussed in on. I did get a bit lost in the extended gay scene and wondered if you hadn’t taken liberties there but it did of course give a flavour of a significant strand in SF culture - was one of the guys a mitra or friend at the centre?       Sanghadevi



  1. A simple, down-to-earth account of people being Buddhists in lots of different ways, from community living in Australia to solitary retreat in New Zealand, from a train journey through Eastern Europe to a nursing home in Manchester, from a new Centre in Paris to someone's personal myth in Finland. The film's charm comes from its simple honesty : there is a delightful quality of understatedness, letting you draw your own conclusions. The images and scenes have stayed with me because they allowed me to see the familiar with new eyes, as if for the first time. I gained a deeper understanding of impermanence, and of altruism. Summing up: very honest, utterly charming, funny and moving.          Samacitta