“To live the Buddhist life, to become like the Buddha, we must imagine the Buddha. The goal must be embodied in our imaginations, our deepest energies gathered in an image of what we are trying to move towards.
… Imagination has direct access to its objects, in contrast to reason, which deals with concepts derived from experience. It is a means of knowing, its truths being symbolic rather than conceptual. As it matures, imagination becomes the faculty of faculties, combining and transcending reason, emotion, and the senses, whether physical or visionary.
Those who are truly creative know very well that imagination has in it something that is more than the individual. One cannot say that the poem or painting or music came from oneself, if it is at all successful; one did not will it: the creation seemed to will itself. This is important for us to understand if we wish to develop our imaginations. For the imagination to flower we must suspend our willing and allow something new to arise from beyond our conscious identity”.
In his fifth in a series of talks on the theme of Imagination Subhuti comes to the Buddha and how we relate to him. In what is possibly the most interesting material of the series he explores what it would mean to engage with the Buddha from our cultural context; while taking great inspiration from the Buddhist cultures of the East - asking; ‘what does the Buddha look like for me?’
By lokabandhu on Thu, 20 Oct, 2011 - 13:59The new issue of Urthona, Triratna’s annual arts magazine is nearing completion and will be available in November.
This year’s very rich issue has three main themes. We cover the intriguing activity known as Psychogeography - something anyone can do on their home patch - tuning into the layers of memory, history and nature in landscape and city scape, looking for the mysterious presences of place that deeply affect who we are. We feature wonderful paintings of dynamic seascapes...
By lokabandhu on Sun, 4 Sep, 2011 - 13:38Mahasukha, an Order Member and musician-singer-songwriter from Brighton UK, writes with news of his new setting of the Shakyamuni mantra, saying - “Hi, I wondered if you’d put something about my new Shakyamuni mantra on thebuddhistcentre/triratna news’ please? The link is mahasukha.bandcamp.com/track/shakyamuni-mantra.
“The Buddha’s been ‘around’ lately and I’ve been wanting to find a good, new Shakyamuni mantra for a while. I happened to be listening to Norwegian Jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek’s Molde Canticle, found on...