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Show, Don't Tell - Communicating the Dharma Through the Arts by Sarvananda (video)

By Candradasa on Fri, 18 Sep, 2015 - 19:40

Show, Don't Tell - Communicating the Dharma Through the Arts by Sarvananda (video)

By Candradasa on Fri, 18 Sep, 2015 - 19:40

As part of our recent coverage of the Arts event ‘Conscious Surrender to the Beautiful’, which took place at at Adhisthana, we brought you a recording of Sarvananda’s excellent and, at times, hilarious talk ‘Show, Don’t Tell - Communicating the Dharma Through the Arts’.

Usually audio recordings of talks are an ideal way to revisit them - and since Sarvananda is a great radio man (he writes plays for radio in...

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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...

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Parami's Perspectives No. 3 - Surrendering to the Beautiful

By Candradasa on Wed, 26 Aug, 2015 - 12:17

Parami with Lokeshvara drawing to a close a great weekend’s coverage of the Buddhist Arts event “Conscious Surrender to the Beautiful”. Some reflections on the event, a lot of laughter, and looking ahead to what comes next…

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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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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...

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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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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...

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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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