In one way or another, Sangharakshita’s spiritual genius has been the sheet anchor throughout the storm of my own deviating spiritual aspirations and divagations. More often than not, in the middle of any particular struggle for understanding, his was the aesthetic and moral compass which I depended on for a true reading of the way out of the labyrinth; his star the brilliant Sirius on a dark night; his, the lodestone that attracted the light of clarity. My gratitude to him is unrepayable. In...
An experimental “cloud” reading, led by Parami, of Sangharakshita’s poem “The Bodhisattva’s Reply” to mark the end of a strong morning at the 2016 International Council on the theme of “Meeting the Needs Of The World.”
THEBODHISATTVA’S REPLY What will you say to those Whose lives spring up between Custom and circumstance As weeds between wet stones, Whose lives corruptly flower Warped from the beautiful, Refuse and sediment
The poet Robert Frost had a sense that meaning was to be found neither in the supernatural (God) nor in the intimately psychological (the self), but transcended these distinctions. Maitreyabandhu investigates.
‘The interest, the pastime, was to learn if there had been any divinity shaping my ends and I had been building better than I knew.’
– Robert Frost in the preface to a selection of his poems, 1942
Other people’s confidence can astound me. They often seem to know who they are and what...
Un matin, il y a peu, j’ai vu que les pétales de la pivoine qui était au-dessus de mon petit Bouddha étaient presque tous tombés sur lui… J’ai bien sûr pensé à un poème de Sangharakshita, que je vous livre ci-dessous.
Du lilas, pétales
De plumes mauves et blanches des
Fleurs des pommiers du verger en écume...
A lovely short talk by Maitreyabandhu, illuminating why poetry is itself an act of receptivity and requires that of us as readers and, in the context of an Urban Retreat, Buddhist practitioners. Taking as his source Kay Ryan’s poem ‘The Niagara River’ we get a simple but encouraging close reading of how poetry can help us slow down, take things in, and really...