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PoetryEast with Dara McAnulty

By Maitreyabandhu on Mon, 25 Jul, 2022 - 17:22

PoetryEast with Dara McAnulty

By Maitreyabandhu on Mon, 25 Jul, 2022 - 17:22

Saturday, 30th July, 7.30pm (in-person, watch this space for details of the YouTube Premiere online, coming soon!)

Dara McAnulty is a Northern Irish naturalist, writer and environmental campaigner. In 2015, when just 15 years old, he became the youngest ever winner of the RSPB Medal and received the Wainwright Prize for UK nature writing in 2020, after the release of his debut book ‘Diary of a Young Naturalist’, which chronicles the turning of his fourteenth year and details his intense connection to the...

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Seeing It Better: A Review of 'After Cézanne' by Maitreyabandhu

By Vishvapani on Thu, 21 Apr, 2022 - 17:26

Seeing It Better: A Review of 'After Cézanne' by Maitreyabandhu

By Vishvapani on Thu, 21 Apr, 2022 - 17:26

After Cézanne,
By Maitreyabandhu,
Bloodaxe, 2019

Review by Vishvapani
Maitreyabandhu’s most recent poetry collection reflects on Cézanne’s paintings and is a subtle meditation on the possibilities of art and perception

The epigraph of Maitreyabandhu’s most recent collection After Cézanne is a quote from a letter the artist sent to Emile Bernard in 1904: ‘Talking about art is virtually useless.’ That challenges the fifty-plus poems in the collection, which all relate directly or indirectly to Cézanne’s painting and are generously...

Triratna News
Triratna News

The Tale of the Whale

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 25 Mar, 2021 - 12:23

The Tale of the Whale

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 25 Mar, 2021 - 12:23

Padmacandra, an Order Member living in West Norfolk and associated with the Cambridge Buddhist Centre in the UK, has her first children’s picture book out as illustrator with Scallywag Press this month (March 2021).

The book, The Tale of the Whalewhich tells of an adventure between a child and a whale, has a strong environmental message about plastic pollution, and is suitable for 3 to 8 year olds (read 8 years plus!)

Padmacandra was asked if she would illustrate the book after the...

West London Buddhist Centre
West London Buddhist Centre

Gala Night: Performances from Padmamati, Jonathan Cohen and others

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Tue, 2 Mar, 2021 - 10:59

Gala Night: Performances from Padmamati, Jonathan Cohen and others

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Tue, 2 Mar, 2021 - 10:59

Hello friends,

Due to the popularity of the WLBC’s Poetry Evening recently, we are inviting you all once more to our Precious Jewel fundraising finale on Friday 12 March, 7-9.30pm! There will be storytelling from Padmamati (Stephen Coates), music and words from Jonathan Cohen and a reading of poetic extracts from the writings of Jinananda – and much more!

No booking needed, just turn up: https://westlondonbuddhistcentre.com/event/precious-jewel-gala-night-per…

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In the Footsteps of the Buddha: Where the Buddha’s Story Meets Our Own

By Centre Team on Mon, 1 Mar, 2021 - 00:55

In the Footsteps of the Buddha: Where the Buddha’s Story Meets Our Own

By Centre Team on Mon, 1 Mar, 2021 - 00:55

A Home Retreat from Rivendell Retreat Centre with Mandarava and Nagasiddhi

Seven days of interactive meditation and practice workshops with storytelling 

Friday April 23 – Thursday April 29 2021

First daily session (2 hrs):  IE & UK 09:30 | Europe CET 10:30 | India 14:00 | Australia AEDT 18.30 | New Zealand 20.30

Second daily session (1.5 hrs): USA PST 07:30 | México 09:30 | USA EST 10:30 | IE &...

West London Buddhist Centre
West London Buddhist Centre

Sangha Lights: An Exhibition by WLBC Visual Artists

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Mon, 18 Jan, 2021 - 17:03

Sangha Lights: An Exhibition by WLBC Visual Artists

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Mon, 18 Jan, 2021 - 17:03

Friday January 29th 2021, 7-9pm
Fundraiser for The Precious Jewel Appeal

An online exhibition in celebration of just some of the many talented visual artists in the WLBC sangha. Photographs from Viramati, paintings from Amitajyoti and John Webb (of the Ealing sangha), paper cuts from Manth Beeson. As we view their beautiful images through the magic of Zoom, each artist will introduce their work and answer your questions. There may even be a tour of one painter’s art-hung house! Showings too...

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...
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Srimala's Poetry Book Launch

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 6 Jan, 2021 - 16:42

Srimala's Poetry Book Launch

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 6 Jan, 2021 - 16:42

Srimala, author of Breaking Free – glimpses of a Buddhist life, is offering further glimpses in a collection of poems – No Toast, No Marmalade.

Srimala is one of our first Public Preceptors. She is now more or less retired, although still working in India to support the appointment of women Public Preceptors there. For the past 16 years she has been living at Maes Gwyn in Wales, from where most of the poems were written.

The book will be launched on the...

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...

West London Buddhist Centre
West London Buddhist Centre

Drawing and the Art of Mindfulness with Amitajyoti (Online)

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Tue, 13 Oct, 2020 - 13:05

Drawing and the Art of Mindfulness with Amitajyoti (Online)

By Sophie_WLBCPublicity on Tue, 13 Oct, 2020 - 13:05

Saturday October 17, 2-5pm 

Register in advance for this workshop using this LINK. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

Explore how the disciplines of mindfulness and drawing complement each other and how approaching both in a spirit of play can be enriching and freeing. In this afternoon Retreat you will be introduced to mindful drawing, mindfulness practices and a series of guided drawing exercises.

Mindfulness gives us opportunity to engage with experience directly, free from assumptions, preferences, and...

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