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Beauty as a Gateway to Wisdom

On Thu, 7 March, 2013 - 15:44
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Our FBA Podcasts and Dharmabytes this month will be all about Art and Beauty as Pathways to Wisdom.

We begin the month with a full-length FBA Podcast from Maitreyabandhu’s Poetry East program offered at the London Buddhist Center: “Poetry East: Sasha Dugdale Interview.”

Sasha Dugdale is a poet and translator. She worked for the British Council in Russia in the 1990s where she set up the Russian New Writing Project with the Royal Court Theatre. Since her return in 2001 she has translated new plays for the Court, the RSC and other theatre companies. Her recent translations of Elena Shvarts’ poems Birdsong on the Seabed were shortlisted for the Popescu Prize and the Academica Rossica Award. Her third book of poetry Red House appeared in August 2011 and is published by Carcanet Oxford poets. “One of the most original poets of her generation,” Paul Batchelor, The Guardian.

Then our first FBA Dharmabyte of the week, released on Monday, is an excerpt from the highly acclaimed talk, “Art and the Spiritual Life” by Sangharakshita, 1969, titled: “Art and Transformative Communication.”

“Art is the organisation of sensuous impressions that express the artist’s sensibility and communicate to his audience a sense of values that can transform their lives.” Sangharakshita

And for the second FBA Dharmabyte this week, released on Thursday: “Beauty as a Gateway to Wisdom.”

Srivati gives a short talk on creativity as a way of life, especially when that life is in flux and the ground of our being is shifting. Through her own poetry and reflections on writing and art, Srivati evokes an aesthetic path into the very heart of Reality. Talk given at Taraloka Retreat Centre, Great Gathering 2000.

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