Leonard Cohen’s musical genius was intimately connected with his spiritual life, which was deeply influenced by Buddhism. In this talk Jyotika looks at how Buddhism and the philosophies of the East helped shape some of the finest songs ever written in the English language.
Talk given during Culture Night 2019 at the Dublin Buddhist Centre.
Note: During the talk Jyotika played the following songs: ‘Suzanne’, ’ Hallelujah’, ‘Anthem’ and ‘Avalanche’. For copyright reasons these songs are not included in this...
The image of the meditating Buddha reminds us that there is another way to live, an alternative to the busy, disconnected, hustle-bustle of our lives. The begging bowl that often accompanies this image reminds us, in particular, of a simpler way of life. In this talk, Prajnagita draws on the significance of the begging bowl in Buddhism, the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi Sabi which is steeped in the Zen tradition, and the modern practice of Minimalism to describe...
On 12th June, as part of Buddhist Action Month 2019, a group from the Dublin Buddhist Centre Sangha meditated outside the Dáil (the Irish parliament) to raise awareness about the need for our leaders to take action to address the climate crisis.
Here’s a short podcast with some of the participants about why they took part and how it went.
From the glorification of violent struggle in ‘The Shadow of a Gunman’ through the rest of his Irish trilogy, Dublin playwright Sean O’Casey demonstrated the futility of violence to achieve political aims. Eventually in ‘The Silver Tassie’, set partially in the trenches of WW1, he espoused a pacifist message of the utter futility of war.
Maitrikaya explores how O’Casey believed in the solidarity of the entire human race over narrow national interests and how, though...
Maitreyabandhu discusses his childhood, forbidden love, his path to writing poetry and what Buddhism can learn from poetry (and what poetry can learn from Buddhism) in this wide-ranging interview with Jnanadhara, the chair of the Dublin Buddhist Centre.
He also reads a selection of his poetry - including from a forthcoming book on the painter Paul Cézanne - as part of this special evening held as part of the programme of events during the 2018 Poetry Day Ireland festival.
Here is a short podcast with members of the Irish Sangha discussing what has motivated them, and what continues to inspire them, to practice the Dharma. From ‘finding my friends’ and a sense of meaning to life, to building a Buddha-land and being able to practice within one’s own culture, Jnanadhara, Vajrashura, and Pavara together with Mitras Julie, Sean and Kristina share their thoughts.
Recorded in the Dublin Buddhist Centre during Triratna Day in April 2018.