By Free Buddhist Audio on Tue, 5 Jan, 2021 - 06:00
On Day 11 we welcome Shraddhavani, who joined the Dharmachakra Board of Trustees just over a year ago.
Initially dismayed that her favourite talk had already been selected by another team member, a further look through the many speakers who inspire her surfaced a beautiful talk given in 2020 by Parami on the mythical creature, the ‘windhorse’…
By Free Buddhist Audio on Thu, 8 Oct, 2020 - 05:10
Here Sangharakshita explores how Buddhism, being the most rational of religions, appeals no less to the heart than to the head, using the language of myth to do so. Examples are four ‘myths’ from the Buddha’s biography, here correlated with four of Jung’s archetypes.
“Deserving a place in a realm where miracles happen”
Let’s start with this image: there’s a river under the river. Then follow it via the works of William Stafford and the creative lives of members of the Wolf at the Door group: poets and writers exploring the interplay of modes of attention in their chosen art forms, mediated by the practice of Buddhism.
The wolf is there too. Alive and real and, sometimes, scary. But this...
Shimmering images, and no less shimmering experiences. Today’s episode begins a series on beauty, poetry, myth, art and symbol as a response to crisis.
Taking our cue from W.H. Auden’s poem, September 1st, 1939, and his recognition of the need to “love one another or die”, we ask how, in the midst of fear – even of death – we can exercise our agency as human beings.
Poetry leads the way in and out of the questioning. Joining Auden in the...
Sangharakshita takes us to the Vulture’s Peak, the summit of earthly existence, where the Buddha begins the White Lotus Sutra by speaking on infinity. With his words, (and the forthcoming myths, symbols and parables of the sutra), we are entreated to go beyond into the purely spiritual world of the transcendental.