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Poetry East: Exploring Consciousness

By Maitreyabandhu on Wed, 23 Jun, 2021 - 17:55

Poetry East: Exploring Consciousness

By Maitreyabandhu on Wed, 23 Jun, 2021 - 17:55

PoetryEast with Rupert Sheldrake: ‘Exploring Consciousness’

Premier: July 3rd, 7pm (BST).

PoetryEast is delighted to be hosting Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, a biologist and author best known for his hypothesis of morphic resonance. Jnanavaca (who studied physics at Oxford) will be in conversation with Dr Sheldrake about the possible synergy between science and Buddhism, about Sheldrake’s theory of evolution, and about the nature of consciousness. 

Watch live on YouTube

Urthona - A Journal of Buddhism and the Arts
Urthona - A Journal of Buddhism and the Arts

Allen Ginsberg – letting Imagination go...

By Ratnagarbha on Mon, 22 Mar, 2021 - 10:38

Allen Ginsberg – letting Imagination go...

By Ratnagarbha on Mon, 22 Mar, 2021 - 10:38

Highlight from new edition of Urthona magazine ‘American Zen’

see www.urthona.com to order issue 35 and read full article by Acarasiddhi

Acarasiddhi (Tony Press) of the Triratna Buddhist Order grew up in 1950s California. He was too young to be at the famous reading in City Lights bookshop when Ginsgerg’s Howl was unveiled, but he remembers very well the heady atmosphere of 1950s California when the world was opening up in all directions (land, space, imagination…)

Acarasiddhi goes on to give us a vivid...

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PoetryEast with Charles Eisenstein

By Maitreyabandhu on Sun, 21 Mar, 2021 - 19:36

PoetryEast with Charles Eisenstein

By Maitreyabandhu on Sun, 21 Mar, 2021 - 19:36

April 10th, 7-8pm GMT

Charles Eisenstein is an important speaker and writer focussing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution.

In 2017 he was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on SuperSoul Sunday. He is the author of many books and essays including Climate – A New Story and his brilliant and beautifully written book, ’The Ascent of Humanity’.

Maitreyabandhu will be in conversation with him about the need for a new human story.

Watch live...

West London Buddhist Centre
West London Buddhist Centre

Sangha Voices: With Poetry from Vishvantara, Paramananda and others

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Wed, 17 Feb, 2021 - 16:31

Sangha Voices: With Poetry from Vishvantara, Paramananda and others

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Wed, 17 Feb, 2021 - 16:31

Saturday 20 February, 7-9.30pm

Continuing our Precious Jewel Appeal fundraising series, we present Sangha Voices, an evening of poetry brought to you by members of the West London Buddhist Centre community. Our special guest Vishvantara reads from her work alongside poets: Paramananda, Chris Arning, Gurnam Bubber, Rachel Jagger, Silakirti, Val Johnson and others.

For more information and poet bios, visit the event website: https://westlondonbuddhistcentre.com/event/sangha-voices-with-poetry-from-vishvantara-paramananda-and-others/

Make a donation to The Precious Jewel Appeal

This is a fundraiser for the Precious Jewel Appeal to help the Centre through the Covid pandemic. Please...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Urthona Buddhist Arts Journal Published as E-Magazine

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 6 Jan, 2021 - 17:05

Urthona Buddhist Arts Journal Published as E-Magazine

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 6 Jan, 2021 - 17:05

“The truth of Zen, just a little bit of it, is what turns one’s humdrum life, a life of monotonous, uninspiring commonplaceness, into one of art, full of genuine inner creativity.”

- D. T. Suzuki


This year Urthona Buddhist arts magazine has been published in virtual form as an e-magazine - due to many Buddhist centres (where most of the printed copies are sold) being still closed. 

Ratnagarbha, the Journal’s editor, writes:

We made...
London Buddhist Centre
London Buddhist Centre

No Toast, No Marmalade: Srimala in conversation with Maitreyabandhu

By LDNBuddhist on Wed, 30 Dec, 2020 - 16:08

No Toast, No Marmalade: Srimala in conversation with Maitreyabandhu

By LDNBuddhist on Wed, 30 Dec, 2020 - 16:08

Srimala has played a crucial part in the life of the Triratna Buddhist Order – as Public and Private Preceptor, as College Member, and as beloved friend to so many. What many people may not know about her is that for years now she has been writing poems about her life, about living at Maes Gwyn in Wales, about her family and friends, about her partner Subhuti, and about hedgehogs, toast and the lack of marmalade.

So we’re celebrating...

Bump elbows, say hello!
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Getting Real (Soulful Conversation and Meditation) With Viveka and Paramananda

By kusaladevi on Fri, 19 Jun, 2020 - 17:19

Getting Real (Soulful Conversation and Meditation) With Viveka and Paramananda

By kusaladevi on Fri, 19 Jun, 2020 - 17:19

Join Viveka and Paramananda for the second of their four live conversations, on Monday June 22nd

USA 9am PST | México 11am | USA 12pm EST | UK & IE 5pm | Europe 6pm CET

These conversations take place in Zoom and are approximately 60 minutes long. You can see their first conversation here on Facebook.

Visit our Events space to reserve a place and make a donation.

Viveka is the former Chair...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Reflecting on Racism with James Baldwin

By Viveka on Sun, 7 Jun, 2020 - 15:51

Reflecting on Racism with James Baldwin

By Viveka on Sun, 7 Jun, 2020 - 15:51

Dear Sangha friends,

I wanted to offer you a podcast to listen to in these times.

Listen to the podcast on ‘Nothing Is Fixed’ by James Baldwin’

Paramananda and I met on May 25 to record a conversation for The Buddhist Centre Online. At the time George Floyd had not yet died an unjust death in an encounter with police. Another black man Ahmaud Arbery’s shooting while jogging in Georgia was in the news. Our...

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
  • ...
Western Buddhist Review
Western Buddhist Review

Harold Bloom: the Embattled Canon and the Experiential Critic

By Vishvapani on Sat, 19 Oct, 2019 - 20:26

Harold Bloom: the Embattled Canon and the Experiential Critic

By Vishvapani on Sat, 19 Oct, 2019 - 20:26

This is a guest post by Vishvapani, re-published here from an early issue of The Western Buddhist Review


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The Western Canon
By Harold Bloom
Macmillan, London 1994, pp. 567


1. Introduction: contemporary criticism’s questions and answers
What should be our central question in approaching literature? The celebrated American literary critic Harold Bloom proposes one: What is literature for? This question may sound obvious, but it is not one with...

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