Triratna Highlights

Painting Into Reality (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 14)

On Sun, 12 April, 2020 - 01:05
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Abhayavajra loves painting. He loves paint itself. And sees himself more like an archaeologist, revealing something urgent and crucial about the human condition by adding rather than scraping away layers. 

A totally delightful conversation about the quest to integrate and unite Dharma practice with the steady, disciplined practice of an art form. We discuss how appreciating beauty itself is like a healing force at times of stress; and how art itself can be a properly adequate response to suffering in the kind of reality we are all taking part in.

Encompassing the plasticity of paint itself; the inter-relationship between colour and form; and the presence of blossom and bare branches in a sense of beauty felt all year round. This is a magic window into how we can meet the challenges of our time by holding to our deepest sources of inspiration.

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saddhanandi's picture

Here’s the interview extract that Abhayavajra mentions - I remember it well as my father was dying of cancer at the same time, aged 56:

Dennis Potter describes the blossom in his garden as “…the whitest, frothiest, blossomest blossom that there ever could be”. He ends by stating his hopes for his last two plays: “I want it to be fitting, to be a memorial. I want to continue to speak”. It is a touching and low-key conclusion to what remains one of the finest interviews broadcast on British television and a significant addition to the body of work by Dennis Potter.

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Thanks so much, Sadhhanandi! We’ve added the link to the description. 🙂

moksananda's picture

Really good interview, I’m very glad I listened to it. Thanks to the team, and especially thanks to Abhayavajra.

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Here is the podcast as a mp3 file for direct download.