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.
“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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...