The Triratna Story charts the growth of a Western Buddhist movement founded in the Sixties as the 'Friends of the Western Buddhist Order' (FWBO) and recently renamed Triratna Buddhist Community. From its inception in London, to its development worldwide, The Triratna Story takes you behind the scenes of a unique modern Buddhist community. Extract: 'This is the story of a circle of friends dreaming a dream, and working to make it a reality...It's the nitty-gritty story of how a community evolves. It's a story of idealism and naivety, growth and growing pains, hard work and burn-out, friendship and fall-out.'
Vajragupta was born Richard Stauton in 1968 and grew up in Bromley, London. He studied psychology and sociology at Aston University, and first came in contact with Buddhism in Birmingham in 1990. He was ordained in 1994 and given the name 'Vajragupta', which means 'secret, or hidden, diamond-like truth'.
He was director of the Birmingham Buddhist Centre from 1997 to 2005, and teaches Buddhism and meditation at classes and retreats across the Midlands. He is also Director of the Triratna Development Team.