Hello again! We’re back for a new season of The Dharma Toolkit podcast. We’ve had a wee break, passed through fleeting summer, and are turning towards the first fall/autumn of these strange, pandemic times ready to renew our own sense of connection through community with you. Welcome aboard!
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.
“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...
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...
Recorded at the 2018 Triratna Buddhist Order International Convention at Bodhgaya, Bihar, here ‘s the great and renowned Indian classical violinist Surmani Prabhakar Dhakade, playing a full program of music for a very appreciative audience.
A deep-dive of a conversation between Abhaya and Satyalila, framing the practice of the Dharma as a path towards beauty, letting go, and liberation of the heart and mind.
Abhaya speaks frankly about the very early days of the FWBO (now Triratna) and how his understanding of Urgyen Sangharakshita’s systematic approach has evolved alongside his personal connection to his teacher and friend. We also hear how his early inspiration around the Tibetan text translated as ‘Self Liberation Through Seeing with Naked...
A series of ten personal interviews between Sangharakshita and Saddhanandi, reflecting on Sangharakshita’s own selections from his extensive body of poetry.
Each interview in this series begins with a lovely reading of the poem by Saddhanandi, and is followed by commentary from Sangharakshita on the verses - discussing his inspiration, the meanings behind the words, and what the poem has to say about spiritual life and his own personal history.
Hridayabija, situated in East Devon, seeks to integrate Buddhist spiritual practice into the abundance of a living eco system; A Pureland if you will. Started on a bare horse paddock in 2010, it a few short years it has undergone an astonishing transformation into an amazing and magical ‘forest garden.’ People frequently report visiting the garden as being a life changing experience. Hridayabija is an attempt to demonstrate that though while we cannot change the world, we can change at...