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Vajra Bell - Autumn 2014

Vajra Bell - Autumn 2014

By Rijupatha on Tue, 7 Oct, 2014 - 00:52In this issue of the Vajra Bell Newsletter:

Cultivating Right Livelihood: Vajra Bell asks sangha members to weigh in on how they practice skillful work

“Working for Indian Buddhism” – by Viradhamma

“How Music Can Inform Buddhist Spirituality” – by Sravaniya

Upcoming Retreats and Classes at Aryaloka

Introducing Vajra Bell’s New Co-Editors – Mary Schaefer & David Watt

Updates from the new Spiritual Vitality Council and Board of Directors

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Dharmabyte: A New Poem From Sangharakshita

By Rijupatha on Mon, 6 Oct, 2014 - 18:26
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We are delighted to dedicate today’s FBA Dharmabyte to poetry. Not just any poetry, but “A New Poem From Sangharakshita,” read by Parami at the European Women’s Convention held at Adhisthana, August 30 2014.
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Dharmabyte: Three Facets of Imagination

By Rijupatha on Tue, 30 Sep, 2014 - 20:36
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Our FBA Dharmabyte today is entitled: “Three Facets of Imagination,” an excerpt from the beginning of a two-part series by Maitreyabandhu called “A Further Reach – Imagination and the Radical.” Drawing on his experience as an artist, poet and Buddhist practitioner, in these two improvised talks Maitreyabandhu shares his reflections on the role of the imagination on...
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Poetry East - John Fuller

By Singhamanas on Wed, 17 Sep, 2014 - 12:00

Poetry East - John Fuller

By Singhamanas on Wed, 17 Sep, 2014 - 12:00Poet, novelist and critic, John Fuller has published 19 books of poetry. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, where for many years he was Tutor in English. His Collected Poems were published in 1996 (Chatto & Windus) and Stones and Fires of the same year won the Forward Prize. His book of poetry criticismWho is Ozymandias? and Other Puzzles in Poetry was published in 2011. His New Selected Poems came out with Chatto in 2012. The...
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The London Buddhist, No.1 - The 'Dharmic Receptivity' Issue

The London Buddhist, No.1 - The 'Dharmic Receptivity' Issue

By Candradasa on Wed, 20 Aug, 2014 - 16:58The first edition of a new Buddhist magazine from London!

We start with poet Michael Symmons Roberts talking about the sacred nature of things and what we are drawn towards.

Continuing the literary theme, Ollie Brock reviews the book ‘The Science Delusion’, which explores the nature of belief and science’s role in it.

Satyadasa launches into the relationship between inner mind and outer world, and explores the relationship between the environment and the mind, shedding light into...
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Dharmabyte: The First of the Four Gifts

By Rijupatha on Mon, 7 Jul, 2014 - 18:02
Our FBA Dharmabyte today, “The First of the Four Gifts,” is an excerpt from “The Four Gifts”, in which Padmavajra unfolds Bhante’s poem in the light of his experience in helping to build the ‘new society’.

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Music from the clear-up team's campfire

By Munisha on Sat, 31 May, 2014 - 13:13

Music from the clear-up team's campfire

By Munisha on Sat, 31 May, 2014 - 13:13For most of us the International Retreat is long over, but the doughty clear-up team have only just left, after a further week’s work dismantling the marquees, showers, toilets and kitchen.

Happily we can know something of their playtime too, with this great little recording from Suvajra. It’s Sumana’s folk setting of Sangharakshita’s poem, “Secret Wings” about our resistance to acknowleding our own spiritual potential.

Sumana main voice and banjo; guitar Joe Richardson: backing vocals Joe Hill and Shantikara.
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Dharmabyte: The Wisdom Hearer

By Rijupatha on Thu, 29 May, 2014 - 15:34
Our FBA Dharmabyte today, “The Wisdom Hearer”, is an excerpt from the fabulous talk “The Sound of Reality” by Padmavajra. In this section we hear Hakuin’s poem of Awakening along with Padmavajra’s reflections on the nature of sound, impermanence and insubstantiality. Vanish into emptiness and silence!

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Dharmabyte: Solitude and Meditation

By Rijupatha on Mon, 26 May, 2014 - 15:42
In our Dharmabyte today, “Solitude and Meditation” Paramananda introduces the challenges and rewards of solitude, meditation as a form of solitude, and how being alone can enhance the experience of connection.

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Dharmabyte: Symbols of Religion

By Rijupatha on Thu, 15 May, 2014 - 20:27
Our Dharmabyte today is titled “Symbols of Religion” from a recording of “Sangharakshita in Conversation with Kathleen Raine”. In this excerpt they discuss depictions of the cross through the ages; Yakshas (kindly demons); the Renaissance, human selfhood and the spirit; Ravenna mosaics; the Stations of the Cross considered as art; and the stupa.

In the 1980s, ‘Independent Arts’ ran an ambitious and extremely impressive Arts program through the Croydon Buddhist...

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