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London Buddhist Centre Autumn Magazine

London Buddhist Centre Autumn Magazine

By Aryanisha on Mon, 7 Aug, 2017 - 16:38

Each season the London Buddhist Centre publishes a wonderful magazine and programme packed full of great articles, poems, images and more.

In this edition we are treated to a celebration of the children and families in the Sangha, paintings by Kusalasara, a poem by Vishvantara, a cartoon strip on hindrances to meditation, banker-turned-Buddhist fundraiser Amalavajra, from FutureDharma Fund, on love and money, and music maker Tim Exile features in the latest instalment of Diary of a London Buddhist.

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Sangharakshita: The Poetry Interviews

By Munisha on Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 10:29

Sangharakshita: The Poetry Interviews

By Munisha on Tue, 13 Jun, 2017 - 10:29

Kalyanaprabha is one of Sangharakshita’s two literary editors. (The other is Vidyadevi.) She writes to tell us about a new set of interviews with him, about his poetry.

“Recently there appeared on Sangharakshita’s website a link to some rather unusual interviews on The Buddhist Centre Online: over 10 separate sessions, Saddhanandi* interviews Sangharakshita about 10 of his poems.

Each interview opens with a sensitive reading of the poem by Saddhanandi and then...

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Sangharakshita's Diary

By Munisha on Wed, 7 Jun, 2017 - 11:24

Sangharakshita's Diary

By Munisha on Wed, 7 Jun, 2017 - 11:24

Sthanashraddha is Bhante’s secretary. He writes:

“May has been a month of large changes around the Adhisthana land. Diggers and dumper trucks have been shifting tons of earth around for some of our largest works since opening. Inside the buildings there has also been much work taking place in several areas, not least in the shrine room where the shrine is undergoing a major transformation. Even though the machines have been rumbling away most of the month there...

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:...

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Drumroll please for the latest edition of Urthona Buddhist Arts Magazine

By Aryanisha on Mon, 17 Apr, 2017 - 09:10

Drumroll please for the latest edition of Urthona Buddhist Arts Magazine

By Aryanisha on Mon, 17 Apr, 2017 - 09:10

Make sure you get your hands on the latest edition of Urthona Buddhist Arts Magazine, to be released in May. Issue 33, The Friendship Issue, is set to be a real delight - with treats from Sahajatara, Maitreyabandhu, Ratnagarbha, Amitajyoti and more.

Editor Ratnagarbha writes “Friendship is being talked about again. But do we really know what it is? And what really has it got to do with the arts – for haven’t artists, after all, always been eccentric loners who bordered...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Anādi - Without Origin / Sin Origen

By Centre Team on Mon, 7 Nov, 2016 - 23:20

Anādi - Without Origin / Sin Origen

By Centre Team on Mon, 7 Nov, 2016 - 23:20

Bringing to Life the Tibetan Book of the Dead
We’re delighted to launch a brand new original eBook by Binisa Colmenero Lira and David Prats Mira, and a dedicated space celebrating its beauty. Binisa and David are Mitras from Mexico City Buddhist Center. 

Visit the Anādi space | Visite el espacio Anādi

This gorgeously illustrated art and poetry work is an interpretation of the “Bardo Thödol” - known as “The Tibetan Book of the Dead” - derived...

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Ritual - The Bodhisattva's Reply

By Candradasa on Thu, 4 Aug, 2016 - 00:18

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.” 

THE BODHISATTVA’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

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London Buddhist Centre
London Buddhist Centre

Some Divinity Shaping our Ends

By Maitreyabandhu on Mon, 1 Aug, 2016 - 12:33

Some Divinity Shaping our Ends

By Maitreyabandhu on Mon, 1 Aug, 2016 - 12:33

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...

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Dharma Teaching - Beginners Buddhism: Imagination, Beauty and Ritual, An Eight-Week Course (Padmavajri)

By Centre Team on Sun, 17 Jul, 2016 - 22:41

This course over eight weeks on The Place of Imagination, Beauty, and Ritual in the Spiritual Life was provided by Padmavajri from the Brighton Buddhist Centre.

Padmavajri says: “I led two groups on this. The course was aimed at any Mitras and it turned out I had a group of experienced Mitras, and a group of newer Mitras (one or two years old)… The two groups here loved it, enjoyed it, were challenged by it, and also were helped to understand ritual and the arts...

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