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For the Earth, From the Sangha: Poetry Readings and Other Voices

By marysalome on Thu, 2 Jul, 2020 - 00:08

This is a companion recording to the series of podcasts I produced for Earth Week 2020: Hair On Fire - Buddhist Responses Turning Toward Climate Change

  1. Eva Soncin introduced Vimalasara.
     
  2. Vimalasara read “I am Africa” from her recently published book of poems, I Am Still Your Negro: An Homage to James Baldwin, published by University of Alberta Press. It’s available at your favorite online book sellers, and on order from local independent bookstores.
     
  3. Paul Greenberg read excerpts
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Windhorse Publications
Windhorse Publications

Get 15% off 'Poems and Short Stories'

By Helen - Windhor... on Tue, 25 Feb, 2020 - 16:00

Get 15% off 'Poems and Short Stories'

By Helen - Windhor... on Tue, 25 Feb, 2020 - 16:00

Here at Windhorse Publications we’re busy preparing for the release in April of the next three volumes of The Complete Works of Sangharakshita. One of these is Volume 25, Poems and Short Stories, now available for pre-order.

You may already be familiar with Sangharakshita’s Complete Poems, published in 1994. Even if you already have a copy, this new volume is worth buying, as it contains over one hundred pages of extra material:

  • all the poems Sangharakshita wrote after 1994
  • previously unpublished poems from his early years 
  • six short stories, some of them previously unpublished
  • a foreword by Padmavajra
  • a guide for the new
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Sangharakshita Memorial Space
Sangharakshita Memorial Space

In gratitude

By Munisha on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 23:35

In gratitude

By Munisha on Fri, 9 Nov, 2018 - 23:35

In deep gratitude to my teacher who has given me so much, my favourite of his poems.

INVOCATION

Field-freshening rain,
White night-rain lingering on in drizzles till the dawn,
Pools of bright silver making, birthing streams
In dry clay river-beds, pour down, O rain,
All day, all night, pour down pour down, O rain,
Pour down…

World-welfaring Compassion,
Void-born Compassion diamond-hard and petal-tender,
Peace to wild heartwaves bringing, birthing love
On the low...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Sangharakshita - The Poetry Interviews

By Centre Team on Fri, 5 May, 2017 - 20:49

A series of ten personal interviews between Sangharakshita and Saddhanandi, reflecting on Sangharakshita’s own selections from his extensive body of poetry.

Each interview in this series begins with a lovely reading of the poem by Saddhanandi, and is followed by commentary from Sangharakshita on the verses - discussing his inspiration, the meanings behind the words, and what the poem has to say about spiritual life and his own personal history.

View the dedicated web space:...

Bristol Buddhist Centre
Bristol Buddhist Centre

Triratna50 in Bristol playlist

By jvalamalini on Mon, 17 Apr, 2017 - 16:56

Triratna50 in Bristol playlist

By jvalamalini on Mon, 17 Apr, 2017 - 16:56

Four short talks on Sangharakshita’s poem ‘The Four Gifts’ - plus general video of the day.

Four Gifts
I come to you with four gifts.
The first gift is a lotus-flower.
Do you understand?
My second gift is a golden net.
Can you recognize it?
My third gift is a shepherds’ round-dance.
Do your feet know how to dance?
My fourth gift is a garden planted in a wilderness.
Could you work there?
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Community Highlights
Community Highlights

The Starriness of Things - Songs of Sangharakshita

By Candradasa on Mon, 24 Nov, 2014 - 16:18
Many thanks to Joe Richardson, Sumana, and Munisha for drawing our attention to this lovely Soundcloud compilation of Sangharakshita’s poems set to folk music and beautifully sung!

Poetry of Sangharakshita set to music and sung by Joe Richardson. Secret Wings and Pilgrim have tunes by Dh Sumana whose playing inspired me to start this, Winter in the Hills has a traditional Irish tune.

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Online Meditators
Online Meditators

2013 Total Immersion Retreat poetry

By Mahabodhi on Mon, 13 Oct, 2014 - 19:30

2013 Total Immersion Retreat poetry

By Mahabodhi on Mon, 13 Oct, 2014 - 19:30Here is poetry from the 2013 Total Immersion Retreat, as recited by Paramananda.

http://mahabodhi.org.uk/wp/2013/10/total-immersion-retreat-poetry/
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun
Loving Kindness - Blazing Like The Sun

Manidha and Alice - Poems on Metta

By Manidha on Wed, 6 Nov, 2013 - 19:21

Manidha and Alice - Poems on Metta

By Manidha on Wed, 6 Nov, 2013 - 19:21Manidha and Alice here from Seattle in the U.S. sharing a collection of poems we feel inspired by when we think about metta and its central importance for the life of the heart. Drawing on different religious and spiritual traditions the poems bring out some of the qualities of metta and of a person turning their effort towards cultivating loving kindness in their life.

This video was produced and read with the help of our friends...
San Francisco Buddhist Center
San Francisco Buddhist Center

Holidays, Poems, Shrines and Sangha Night

By padmatara on Wed, 2 Oct, 2013 - 16:09

Holidays, Poems, Shrines and Sangha Night

By padmatara on Wed, 2 Oct, 2013 - 16:09Dear Friends,

I already felt lucky to be in this community during the ups and downs of the last year or so, and now some very generous friends have given me a holiday in Kauai - leaving tomorrow, back next Tuesday. I can’t tell you how great it feels to be looking forward to something like this.

I wanted to make sure you all have the poems from Suvarnaprabha’s funeral - so I’ve copied them below.
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San Francisco Buddhist Center
San Francisco Buddhist Center

Sangharakshita's 86th Birthday Celebration: USA - Poetry read by Suvarnaprabha

By Candradasa on Wed, 25 Sep, 2013 - 16:34

Sangharakshita's 86th Birthday Celebration: USA - Poetry read by Suvarnaprabha

By Candradasa on Wed, 25 Sep, 2013 - 16:34Poetry read by Suvarnaprabha in a celebration of Sangharakshita’s 86th birthday held at the Triratna Buddhist Order Combined International Convention at Wymondham College 21 August 2011.

Complete with her singing the Jackson 5: “I’ll be there…”!

Many thanks to Savanna Jo Luraschi for pointing to this.

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