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Sangharakshita's 90th Birthday Classical Recital

By Candradasa on Sun, 23 Aug, 2015 - 22:03

A beautiful, consistently very fine set of performances from members of the Triratna Buddhist Order to mark the 90th birthday of their teacher Urgyen Sangharakshita. The commitment and playing exemplifies the importance of the Arts in spiritual life, and in Triratna’s emphasis on this as part of a contemporary Buddhist path. Exquisite moments from the ‘Conscious Surrender to the Beautiful Weekend’.

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Sangharakshita's Complete Works Appeal Celebration and Book Launch

By Candradasa on Sun, 23 Aug, 2015 - 00:06

At the start of this recording Parami refers to the assembled Order taking part in a Mahayana Sutra. Never was a comment more prescient as the thunder rolls in, the skies pour forth torrents of rain and the shrine marquee is played on like a great drum! Afterwards, rainbows - a fitting way to greet Sangharakshita who joins the throng to celebrate the success of an appeal to fund his Complete Works and to hear Kalyanaprabha...

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Conscious Surrender To The Beautiful - Choral Performance

By Candradasa on Fri, 21 Aug, 2015 - 18:01

A beautiful performance (on only 2 rehearsals!) from the on-site choir as part of the weekend celebrating both the Arts in spiritual life and the 90th birthday of Urgyen Sangharakshita.

Featuring:
01 Vipulakirti’s setting of words from The Dhammapada
02 The Deathless Dharma (in Praise of Avalokiteshvara) by Bodhivajra
03 Meditation - a poem by Sangharakshita set by Manidhara (Graham Patterson)
04 Milarepa’s Eight Wonderful Examples by Viplulakirti Followed by Avalokiteshvara Mantra
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The Sangharakshita@90 Exhibition: Nine Decades

By Candradasa on Fri, 21 Aug, 2015 - 11:26

Sanghamani and Abhayanara in the Sangharakshita Library at Adhisthana in England, discussing the beautiful new exhibition to mark Sangharakshita’s life via objects from each of his nine decades.

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The London Buddhist - No. 4, Unfolding Lives (Winter 2015)

The London Buddhist - No. 4, Unfolding Lives (Winter 2015)

By Candradasa on Mon, 20 Jul, 2015 - 17:46

The lotus is the image that the Buddha uses to describe the growth of human beings: the unfolding of life from unfavourable conditions. In this issue of the LBC’s excellent magazine and program some moving and culturally rich examples of this are brought to light - from Shraddhapuspa’s generous life after escape from the Nazis at the start of WWII, to Jayaka’s experience in prison as a young man via an examination of Fellini’s 8 And A...

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Triratna Writers Convention 2015 - Be Here Now by Ananda

By Satyalila on Mon, 20 Jul, 2015 - 15:44

Satyalila and Ananda reflecting on the Writers Convention - both the nurturing and wildness aspects of it. And we get to hear Ananda give a wind-blown reading of his own poem, ‘Be Here Now’.

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Writers Convention 2015 - Small Boy by Norman MacCaig

By Satyalila on Tue, 14 Jul, 2015 - 19:19

Into the last day of the writers’ gathering proper and we hear how it started - with a beautiful, typically understated piece by Norman MacCaig read by Steph, a writer herself and one of the young women who has just finished a five-month intensive Dharma course at Adhisthana

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Triratna Writers Convention 2015 - Young Women Writing Their Way

By Satyalila on Tue, 14 Jul, 2015 - 13:12

Running parallel to the Writers’ Convention - and coming to an end at the same time - was a young women’s extended Dharma course, with women from around the world taking part. Here we meet Shraddhavajri and Vidyadharini from India who, along with their fellow long-term retreatants, have been using writing as another way to explore spiritual life and the meaning of the Buddha’s teaching in their own lives…

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Triratna Writers Convention 2015 - Satyadaka on Sangharakshita's library, Richard Holmes and Samuel Johnson

By Satyalila on Mon, 13 Jul, 2015 - 18:00

After our weekend break, Satyalila is back with the latest installment from the Triratna Writers Conference. It’s unusual perhaps for a Buddhist community to place such an emphasis on the Arts as a route to spiritual inquiry - but it’s a real pleasure to listen to it happening ‘as live’! 

This conversation with Satyadaka takes place in the brand new Sangharakshita library and we hear much about one of “Bhante’s” literary heroes, Dr. Johnson, as well as the...

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