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Dharmabyte: Symbols of Religion

By Rijupatha on Thu, 15 May, 2014 - 20:27
Our Dharmabyte today is titled “Symbols of Religion” from a recording of “Sangharakshita in Conversation with Kathleen Raine”. In this excerpt they discuss depictions of the cross through the ages; Yakshas (kindly demons); the Renaissance, human selfhood and the spirit; Ravenna mosaics; the Stations of the Cross considered as art; and the stupa.

In the 1980s, ‘Independent Arts’ ran an ambitious and extremely impressive Arts program through the Croydon Buddhist...
Triratna News
Triratna News

1878 Order Members - one Bodhisattva!

By lokabandhu on Sun, 11 May, 2014 - 05:48
There are now approaching 1900 Order Members in Triratna, spread across nearly 30 countries. In a remarkable feat of computer graphics, their photographs, together with those of all those Order Members who have died, plus several hundred works of Buddhist art, have all been assembled into a single ‘mosaic’ image of the Thousand-Armed Avalokitesvara - a Bodhisattva who has long been taken as a symbol of the Order.

The complete image is available for download from The...
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Bhante – Poetry, Myth And Imagination

By Rijupatha on Sun, 30 Mar, 2014 - 20:58

Bhante – Poetry, Myth And Imagination

By Rijupatha on Sun, 30 Mar, 2014 - 20:58Our FBA Podcast this week, “Bhante – Poetry, Myth And Imagination,” is a talk by Dhammadinna given on the Rainy Season Retreat at Manchester Buddhist Centre on Wednesday 19th February 2014. Dhammadinna speaks about Sangharakshita and his emphasis on Imagination as a key to the spiritual life.

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New portrait of Sangharakshita unveiled in Australia

By lokabandhu on Mon, 19 Aug, 2013 - 06:05

New portrait of Sangharakshita unveiled in Australia

By lokabandhu on Mon, 19 Aug, 2013 - 06:05Following Saturday’s story on the 2013 ‘Triratna Artists catalogue’, Aaron Matheson, a mitra from Triratna’s Sydney Buddhist Centre, writes saying - “I have some news which would be great to see on The Buddhist Centre’s website: we have a new portrait of Sangharakshita. It was painted by Misha (Enrique del Val), a fellow mitra, who was recently commissioned to do it by Beth Sherlock. The painting is large, measuring 1.5 x 1.5 metres, and is a warmly engaged...
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Triratna News

First Triratna Artists catalogue launched

By lokabandhu on Sat, 17 Aug, 2013 - 05:55

First Triratna Artists catalogue launched

By lokabandhu on Sat, 17 Aug, 2013 - 05:55Mat New writes from Birmingham UK with news of the launch of the first-ever Triratna Artists catalogue - an attempt to collect and showcase something of the breadth of Triratna artists working worldwide. He says -

“The ‘Triratna Arts and Culture Catalogue 2013’ is a new world-wide initiative that looks to showcase something of the Triratna Buddhist Community’s efforts to translate the Dharma into a modern, worldwide culture.

The project has been amassing content for nearly 18...
Triratna Highlights
Triratna Highlights

Triratna America - Kiranada: Worker In Cloth

By Candradasa on Sat, 22 Jun, 2013 - 13:10

Triratna America - Kiranada: Worker In Cloth

By Candradasa on Sat, 22 Jun, 2013 - 13:10
This weekend on Triratna America we’ll be featuring some more personal posts from members of the Order and our wider community who live and practice in the U.S. Kiranada is an artist out of the seacoast area of the eastern United States. 

We’re delighted to feature ...
Triratna Highlights
Triratna Highlights

Urthona Essays on Art, Poetry and Consciousness

By Candradasa on Fri, 29 Mar, 2013 - 15:29

Urthona Essays on Art, Poetry and Consciousness

By Candradasa on Fri, 29 Mar, 2013 - 15:29As we start to dream about a reinvigorated Triratna arts scene with a presence (and an effect!) here on The Buddhist Centre Online we were just delighted to discover the new Urthona Essays blog! We’ll be featuring much more from Urthona and their various web manifestations as the arts come into focus here, but for now please enjoy Ratnagarbha’s sterling efforts and his introduction to the blog…

The more ethereal, evanescent, more refined and sublime...
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Triratna Highlights

New Featured Artist for February

By Candradasa on Fri, 8 Feb, 2013 - 22:48

New Featured Artist for February

By Candradasa on Fri, 8 Feb, 2013 - 22:48We’re delighted to feature as part of our galleries section this month a set of works in cloth by Kiranada Sterling Benjamin (with an extended Flickr selection and notes). Painting with hot wax and liquid dyes on thirsty cloth is an apt way to describe the work Kiranada does. Her background in fibers includes training in the Japanese kimono industry and research in the traditional Japanese classical arts; from scoll painting and tea ceremony...
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Triratna News

In the Seen Only the Seen - Photographs by Vidyasiddhi

By Windhorse Evolution on Sat, 17 Nov, 2012 - 07:30

In the Seen Only the Seen - Photographs by Vidyasiddhi

By Windhorse Evolution on Sat, 17 Nov, 2012 - 07:30Vidyasiddhi has created a fascinating exhibition of photographs titled ‘In the Seen Only the Seen’. It is currently on display where he works, at Windhorse:evolution in Cambridge, UK. All the images can also be viewed online, here and are available to buy as prints. Vidyasiddhi writes of his work:

By really looking, purely and openly, we can move beyond ideas about form, towards the true nature of form, which is emptiness. This is looking as a...
Triratna Highlights
Triratna Highlights

Suriyavamsa Boo!

By Candradasa on Fri, 24 Aug, 2012 - 18:08
A great wee discussion on religious art in the community with Suriyavamsa, artist and Dharma farer extraordinaire. He’s just back from four months on retreat as part of the team on the men’s ordination retreat for the Triratna Buddhist Order at Guhyaloka Retreat Centre in Spain near Alicante. Lovely to hear his thoughts on beautifully intricate models he made for a sand mandala - including his evocation of the making of pleated palm crosses in ...

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