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For the Earth, From the Sangha: Poetry Readings and Other Voices

By marysalome on Thu, 2 Jul, 2020 - 00:08

This is a companion recording to the series of podcasts I produced for Earth Week 2020: Hair On Fire - Buddhist Responses Turning Toward Climate Change

  1. Eva Soncin introduced Vimalasara.
     
  2. Vimalasara read “I am Africa” from her recently published book of poems, I Am Still Your Negro: An Homage to James Baldwin, published by University of Alberta Press. It’s available at your favorite online book sellers, and on order from local independent bookstores.
     
  3. Paul Greenberg read excerpts
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The River Under the River (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 27)

By Centre Team on Tue, 26 May, 2020 - 22:27

“Deserving a place in a realm where miracles happen”

Let’s start with this image: there’s a river under the river. Then follow it via the works of William Stafford and the creative lives of members of the Wolf at the Door group: poets and writers exploring the interplay of modes of attention in their chosen art forms, mediated by the practice of Buddhism.

The wolf is there too. Alive and real and, sometimes, scary. But this...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Triratna Arts and Culture Catalogue 2021

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 12 May, 2020 - 10:41

Triratna Arts and Culture Catalogue 2021

By Sadayasihi on Tue, 12 May, 2020 - 10:41

The Triratna Arts and Culture Catalogue is an initiative to document every four years, for 40 years, a selection of Art and Culture that represents the unfolding exploration of how to convey the Dharma into a globalised culture and so form the aesthetic foundations for a society based on caring for all that lives. It will collate work for no cost to artists, and distribute work to Triratna Buddhist Centres and beyond at no cost to those institutions. 

Sangharuci, an Order member based in Birmingham, UK, is now looking for artists, musicians, dancers, poets, writers, arts...

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Ironic Points of Light (The Dharma Toolkit Daily, Episode 25)

By Centre Team on Sat, 9 May, 2020 - 00:21

Shimmering images, and no less shimmering experiences. Today’s episode begins a series on beauty, poetry, myth, art and symbol as a response to crisis.

Taking our cue from W.H. Auden’s poem, September 1st, 1939, and his recognition of the need to “love one another or die”, we ask how, in the midst of fear – even of death – we can exercise our agency as human beings.

Poetry leads the way in and out of the questioning. Joining Auden in the...

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The Triratna Haiku Challenge

By padmacandra on Tue, 14 Apr, 2020 - 11:24

The Triratna Haiku Challenge

By padmacandra on Tue, 14 Apr, 2020 - 11:24

What is it?
An invitation to pause, open to all the senses, and notice… write the noticing down in three short lines as a “haiku”. Write a few in turn, see what occurs to you. Then if you wish, send your favourite/s to me (details on how to submit them below) so I can post them on the triratnaarts* Instagram or facebook page where the challenge began. (Perhaps at the end we can post a selection...

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Buddhist Film Nights in Hastings

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 4 Mar, 2020 - 11:00

Buddhist Film Nights in Hastings

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 4 Mar, 2020 - 11:00

Chris McKenna is a mitra practicing with the Hastings sangha on the south coast of England. Five years ago, after discussion with friends, Chris approached the local independent cinema - The Electric Palace - about the possibility of showing regular screenings of films that would be of interest to the local Buddhist community.
 
Initially the cinema was reluctant and asked if he could guarantee that twenty five of the fifty seats would be filled. Obviously he couldn’t...

Suryavana Retreat Centre
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Dancing with the Elements and Opening into the Element of Space

By Sudaka on Sun, 15 Dec, 2019 - 08:56

Dancing with the Elements and Opening into the Element of Space

By Sudaka on Sun, 15 Dec, 2019 - 08:56

Amalamati, Lalitaraja and Visuddhimati invite you on a journey to explore the elements and discover spaciousness through arts and ritual on a retreat in Spain – near Valencia. Using music, art and movement we will be exploring the elements and drawing inspiration from the arts practice of each of the leaders. Lalitaraja is a professional dancer, Visuddhimati is a visual artist, and Amalamati is a professional pianist.
6 nights. Includes accommodation, meals. All materials provided.  

Reservations: Contact Suḍāka at info [at]...

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Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Great Art and Literature in the Modern West

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 - 14:00

In the 1980s, ‘Independent Arts’ ran an ambitious and extremely impressive Arts program through the Croydon Buddhist Centre in London. Here’s a first offering from the archive of recordings - an open conversation between Sangharakshita, founder of the Western Buddhist Order, and the renowned poet and scholar Kathleen Raine, one of the founders of the Temenos Academy.

The occasion was the launch of Sangharakshita’s book ‘The Religion of Art’ - and the discussion ranges widely and, at times, controversially through the subject...

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Dharmabyte: A Dharma That Includes Passion and Beauty

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 21 Oct, 2019 - 14:00

How can we have a whole life of value and of meaning?

Subhadramati explores the essential integration of arts and asceticism that Sangharakshita struggled to find in his early years as a monk.

From the talk Beauty and Discipline, part of a series for Dharma Night focusing on Urgyen Sangharakshita’s unique contribution to Buddhism. London Buddhist Centre, 2015.

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Harold Bloom: the Embattled Canon and the Experiential Critic

By Vishvapani on Sat, 19 Oct, 2019 - 20:26

Harold Bloom: the Embattled Canon and the Experiential Critic

By Vishvapani on Sat, 19 Oct, 2019 - 20:26

This is a guest post by Vishvapani, re-published here from an early issue of The Western Buddhist Review


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The Western Canon
By Harold Bloom
Macmillan, London 1994, pp. 567


1. Introduction: contemporary criticism’s questions and answers
What should be our central question in approaching literature? The celebrated American literary critic Harold Bloom proposes one: What is literature for? This question may sound obvious, but it is not one with...

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