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Mingling Souls - Launching Dear Dinoo, Letters to a Friend

by Sangharakshita (2012)

A newly remastered full-length talk from Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community. Given at the end of last year to launch his recent book 'Dear Dinoo: Letters to a Friend', this is a wonderful set of recollections of life in India in the 1950s and early '60s. But it's also a glorious personal ramble through the history of letters and letter writing.

As usual the range of Sangharakshita's reflections in this is hugely impressive - taking in late mediaeval and 18th C. letter culture, provocative takes on Christianity, the Romantic poets and even the economy! It's an education and a genuine, poignant pleasure to hear him evoke a vanishing art, pass on old pieces of knowledge and lore, and remember so vividly a friend now gone with whom he shared, in Keats' phrase, 'a mingling of souls'. A beautiful talk.

The recording also includes the full introduction to Sangharakshita and the book by his editor, Kalyanaprabha.

Talk given in Birmingham, December 2011.

Total running time: 1:04:05