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A Slow Look at Hobbema's Dutch Landscape

By Centre Team on Tue, 6 Feb, 2024 - 21:19

A Slow Look at Hobbema's Dutch Landscape

By Centre Team on Tue, 6 Feb, 2024 - 21:19

Yashobodhi leads us in a mindful look at Hobbema’s ‘Avenue at Middelharnis’ for the UK National Gallery.

The composition of this painting was a powerful influence on later artists. It was admired by Van Gogh, who emulated its effects in several paintings after he first saw it in the National Gallery in 1884, and it probably also inspired Camille Pissarro’s ‘The Avenue, Sydenham’. David Hockney even made his own version in 2017, ‘Tall Dutch Trees...

Saddhamma Pradeep Retreat Center
Saddhamma Pradeep Retreat Center

A First Sermon Painting

By Saddhammapradip on Thu, 4 Jan, 2024 - 06:51

A First Sermon Painting

By Saddhammapradip on Thu, 4 Jan, 2024 - 06:51

Ramesh Thorat, an artist friend from Mumbai, has donated his painting ’A First Sermon’  as present for New Year.

Our really great gratitude to Ramesh who consistently supports us in various ways, helping us develop the aesthetic dimension of the retreat center through his friendship with Ratnasambhava and Guhyacitta.

Buddhist Voices
Buddhist Voices

Sharing a Dharma Life

By Candradasa on Sun, 22 Oct, 2023 - 18:35

Join us for tales from a shared life of friendship, Buddhism and the Arts!

In this latest episode of the Buddhist Voices podcast, we follow the personal journeys of Sarvananda and Satyadaka, two lifelong friends and dedicated Dharma practitioners who have lived together in various contexts for over twenty years. It’s a rare opportunity to listen into stories from such a close companionship, making this conversation a true delight to share with you.

This episode covers a wide array of...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Sangharakshita Songs

By Centre Team on Sun, 22 Oct, 2023 - 16:43

Sangharakshita Songs

By Centre Team on Sun, 22 Oct, 2023 - 16:43

Next February a date has been scheduled to record a setting of 8 poems by Sangharakshita, with The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the South African baritone Theo Magongoma. Entitled Sangharakshita Songs, they can be heard here in a piano version with Manidhara/Graham Titus:

Listen to the piano version of Sangharakshita Songs

Listen to more pieces on on Akashadeva’s web site

Essentially, the plan is to combine this work with the existing 2019 recording of the Carbon Symphony, and to launch a worldwide CD and streaming platform release of...

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

New Issue of Urthona OUT NOW

By Ratnagarbha on Mon, 10 Apr, 2023 - 11:12

New Issue of Urthona OUT NOW

By Ratnagarbha on Mon, 10 Apr, 2023 - 11:12

URTHONA 36 unknown landscapes

Urthona Issue 36 ‘Unknown Landscapes’ is out now! A sumptuous issue devoted to landscape art and writing…

Landscapes move and uplift us in ways that are hard to pin down. Artists explore such emotional responses and bring clarity, awareness and transformational depth to the process. They help us to make the appreciation of landscape more conscious and meaningful. 

As Christopher Neve in his wonderful book ‘Unquiet Landscape’ says of the work of Paul Nash: ‘pictures, like the landscape itself, enunciate with the greatest...

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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...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

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 &...

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