The Sound of One Hand - The Sound of One Hand

The Sound of One Hand: A Buddhist Life

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?

‘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.’


‘This beautifully written memoir goes surprisingly deep because it is so exceptionally honest …’ Vishvapani Blomfield

‘Absolutely wonderful – there were times when I laughed out loud. It’s utterly delightful, very funny, touching, full of gorgeous details and wonderful characters.’ Mimi Khalvati

‘Both profound and moving as well as hilariously funny in places … I recommend it wholeheartedly.’ Vidyamala Burch, OBE