‘I’m just pretending to be a Buddhist. I’m only on this solitary retreat because I’ve heard it’s a good idea ... successful people don’t need to meditate in damp huts ... they go on proper holidays. I am not successful, ergo, here I am.’
For Satyadasa the Buddhist path has been fulfilling and often joyous, but also full of doubts and obstacles. What does it mean to be a Buddhist in the West in the twenty-first century? And is being born with one hand a curse – or a blessing?
The Sound Of One Hand is a terrific read. Its energy jumps off the page. Particularly enjoyable is the author’s wonderful sense of humour, which he’s never afraid to turn on himself. Shining through it all is a deep feeling for life, for family, for companionship and for a spiritually meaningful life
Satyadasa lays himself bare, revealing struggles, personal and spiritual that will be familiar to many of us, whilst also providing a truthful and inspiring account of a spiritual community as it matures. I hope this beautifully written and engaging book is widely read.
This is beautifully written. It cleverly weaves together the twin themes of disability and Buddhism, and does so with humour and humanity, with a great turn of phrase, and above all honesty. Satyadasa draws us into his world, and keeps us there very happily, enjoying his company.
…absolutely wonderful – there were times when I laughed out loud, it’s utterly delightful, very funny, touching, full of gorgeous details and wonderful characters. The way it plaits the different themes together is masterly.
Satyadasa is a lawyer, health coach and member of the Triratna Buddhist Order since 2011. He teaches at the London Buddhist Centre, leads retreats and is currently the Buddhist tutor at Eton College. He lives with his family in East London.