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Prakasha on Buddhism and William Blake (with Satyalila)

By Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 11 Jul, 2019 - 20:55

In this interview, Prakasha shares the remarkable story of the unfolding of his Dharma Life from a fascination with the English poet, painter and visionary William Blake in the late 1970s and early 80s and how this led him to a deep immersion in the Vajrayana approach to Buddhism. Following on from Bhante, in ‘Buddhism and William Blake’ he elucidates the common basis between the symbolic worlds of Blake and the Vajrayana.

Recorded at a retreat on William Blake, Adhisthana 2017.

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Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: Communicating the Dharma Through the Arts - Show Don't Tell

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 27 Apr, 2019 - 14:00

Enjoy our FBA Podcast this week: Communicating the Dharma Through the Arts - Show Don’t Tell by Sarvananda.

Be prepared for the unexpected in this very funny - and by turns wrongfooting - personal exploration of why the Arts are vital to the development of a genuine Buddhist community. Sarvananda discusses as background his attempts to find a synthesis between the Arts and spiritual life, leading to his current work as a successful playwright.

But it is in the three departures...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Engaging with the Arts

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 25 Apr, 2019 - 14:00

Our FBA Dharmabyte today is by Abhayavajra called Engaging with the Arts.

What happens when Buddhist practice meets contemporary western art? Art East presents an evening with Abhayavajra at the London Buddhist Arts Centre, exploring how the Dharma life is expressed in art practice. Interviewed by Maitreyabandhu. Listen to the full talk entitled Painting the Void.

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Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Our Relationship with Art

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 22 Apr, 2019 - 14:00

Our FBA Dharmabyte today is by Taradasa called Our Relationship with Arts.

This talk asks us to look, and look again, at our relationship to the fine arts. Whether it’s music, painting, sculpture, performance - whatever we respond to in the Arts, Taradasa shows how we can approach it as spiritual practice. Excerpted from the talk entitled Buddhism and the Arts.

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Dublin Buddhist Centre
Dublin Buddhist Centre

Evolution of a Pacifist - Sean O'Casey and Buddhism

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 4 Oct, 2018 - 20:13

From the glorification of violent struggle in ‘The Shadow of a Gunman’ through the rest of his Irish trilogy, Dublin playwright Sean O’Casey demonstrated the futility of violence to achieve political aims. Eventually in ‘The Silver Tassie’, set partially in the trenches of WW1, he espoused a pacifist message of the utter futility of war.

Maitrikaya explores how O’Casey believed in the solidarity of the entire human race over narrow national interests and how, though...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Sahajatara - Apparell'd In Celestial Light

By Candradasa on Sat, 29 Aug, 2015 - 07:34

There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream, 
The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparell’d in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.

Appropriately enough, a talk in a rainstorm! Sahajatara offers a beautiful discourse to close the Conscious Surrender to the Beautiful Arts event. She opens with this short extract from Wordsworth’s ‘Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood’ and a long reading from...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Sarvanananda - Communicating the Dharma Through the Arts: Show Don't Tell

By Candradasa on Sun, 23 Aug, 2015 - 11:38

Be prepared for the unexpected in Sarvananda’s very funny - and by turns wrongfooting - personal exploration of why the Arts are vital to the development of a genuine Buddhist community. Sarvananda discusses as background his attempts to find a synthesis between the Arts and spiritual life, leading to his current work as a successful playwright

But it’s in the three departures from a traditional Dharma talk that we glimpse something else - the crucial show-don’t-tell aspect...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Maitreyabandhu - What Good Are the Arts? (with Book Launch)

By Free Buddhist Audio on Fri, 21 Aug, 2015 - 17:11

Maitreyabandhu has long been a champion of the Arts as a viable path of spiritual practice in the Buddhist context. And here is an unapologetic but nuanced - in many ways delightfully good humoured and cultured - look at why the Arts must be part of a wider perspective on life if they are to be any good to us. 

Drawing on sources as diverse as John Carey and Wagner via Elizabeth Bishop and Hello Kitty, Maitreyabandhu illustrates why the Arts detached...

Cambridge Buddhist Centre
Cambridge Buddhist Centre

What do Buddhists think...? The Arts

By Abhayamati on Fri, 12 Oct, 2012 - 16:38
As part of our series of Public Talks ‘What do Buddhists think…?’, Vajrasadhu talks on Buddhism and The Arts.

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