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Celebrating the Arts at Adhisthana

By Amaradaya@Clear... on Wed, 14 Oct, 2015 - 16:37

Celebrating the Arts at Adhisthana

By Amaradaya@Clear... on Wed, 14 Oct, 2015 - 16:37

NewsByte: Experience Bhante’s 90th birthday celebrations as if you were there at Adhisthana in August, or relive this great weekend if you were there!

Vajra Bell
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Vajra Bell - Autumn 2015

Vajra Bell - Autumn 2015

By Rijupatha on Wed, 30 Sep, 2015 - 22:53

In this issue of the Vajra Bell Newsletter:

“Lovingkindness Squared: Cultivating Self-Compassion” by Dh. Bodhipaksa

“Metta: A Gateway to Self-Compassion and Insight” by Dh. Vimalasara

“The Practice of Self-Compassion” by Dh. Varada

“A Life Lesson from Behind Prison Walls” by Susan DePietro

“Compassionate Presence” Retreat Review by Mike Mappes

Updates from the Spiritual Vitality Council and Board of Directors of Aryaloka Buddhist Center

Sangha Notes from Boston, Nagaloka, San Francisco, Montana,...

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Community Highlights

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...

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

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…

See all the posts from the weekend

Subscribe on to the podcast on iTunes...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

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’.

See all posts from the weekend...

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

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...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

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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