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For the Earth, From the Sangha: Poetry Readings and Other Voices

By marysalome on Thu, 2 Jul, 2020 - 00:08

This is a companion recording to the series of podcasts I produced for Earth Week 2020: Hair On Fire - Buddhist Responses Turning Toward Climate Change

  1. Eva Soncin introduced Vimalasara.
     
  2. Vimalasara read “I am Africa” from her recently published book of poems, I Am Still Your Negro: An Homage to James Baldwin, published by University of Alberta Press. It’s available at your favorite online book sellers, and on order from local independent bookstores.
     
  3. Paul Greenberg read excerpts
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Western Buddhist Review
Western Buddhist Review

Harold Bloom: the Embattled Canon and the Experiential Critic

By Vishvapani on Sat, 19 Oct, 2019 - 20:26

Harold Bloom: the Embattled Canon and the Experiential Critic

By Vishvapani on Sat, 19 Oct, 2019 - 20:26

This is a guest post by Vishvapani, re-published here from an early issue of The Western Buddhist Review


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The Western Canon
By Harold Bloom
Macmillan, London 1994, pp. 567


1. Introduction: contemporary criticism’s questions and answers
What should be our central question in approaching literature? The celebrated American literary critic Harold Bloom proposes one: What is literature for? This question may sound obvious, but it is not one with...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Culture's Peak: An Interview with Harold Bloom by Vishvapani

By Vishvapani on Wed, 16 Oct, 2019 - 23:23

Culture's Peak: An Interview with Harold Bloom by Vishvapani

By Vishvapani on Wed, 16 Oct, 2019 - 23:23

This interview with the literary critic Harold Bloom was first published in Dharma Life, 5, Summer 1997. Harold Bloom died on October 14th 2019.

Vishvapani is a writer, broadcaster and Buddhist mindfulness teacher. His writing can be found at Wise Attention.

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When I first encountered Harold Bloom’s work, I discovered a remarkable mixture. Bloom is Professor of Humanities at Yale University, and is widely considered America’s leading literary critic. His many books combine an enormous breadth of reading...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Trusting the Process

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 18 Apr, 2019 - 14:00

Our FBA Dharmabyte today is by Varasahaya called Trusting the Process.

Drawing on her experience as a poet, Varasahaya discusses creativity, imagination, and the writing process as a spiritual practice. She reads some of her poems, and explains the process by which they came to birth, and what she learnt about letting go of self as she grappled with writing.

An excellent and very accessible talk given to Sangha night at the West London Buddhist Centre. Taken...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Sangharakshita's Diary

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 17 Oct, 2018 - 17:43

Sangharakshita's Diary

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 17 Oct, 2018 - 17:43

Sthanashraddha is Bhante’s secretary. He writes from AdhisthanaUK:

“August:
August continued to blaze with sunshine and heat, though eventually it did break and the rains fell with a downpour here or there and rainy days mixed between sunny ones. Wonderful for slowly rejuvenating the very dry and crispy gardens, less attractive for Bhante’s morning walk and sit by the pond.

The wet weather was very noticeable during the Order weekend at the end of the month...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Sangharakshita's diary

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 10 Aug, 2018 - 14:24

Sangharakshita's diary

By Sadayasihi on Fri, 10 Aug, 2018 - 14:24

Sthanashraddha is Bhante’s secretary. He writes from AdhisthanaUK:

“Rain is falling at Adhisthana! Usually this would be nothing out of the ordinary, however it’s been nearly two months since we had any actual rain, having gone through one of the hottest sunny dry spells I’ve seen in many years. So, yes, the rain is falling and has been now for most of the last couple of days, long constant refreshing showers, which the gardens and plants...

Community Highlights
Community Highlights

Science and Poetry - new writing from Sangharakshita

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 18 Jul, 2018 - 11:33

Science and Poetry - new writing from Sangharakshita

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 18 Jul, 2018 - 11:33

After reading Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time and Carlo Rovelli’s Reality Is Not What It Seems, in this piece written over three nights towards the end of June 2018, Sangharakshita reflects on the connection between science and poetry, and their common language of insight, intuition, inspiration and imagination.

This piece is open to all and can be read on Sangharakshita’s website: Science and Poetry: A Note along with other articles he has written.

Triratna News
Triratna News

Sangharakshita's diary

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 4 Apr, 2018 - 12:15

Sangharakshita's diary

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 4 Apr, 2018 - 12:15

Sthanashraddha is Bhante’s secretary. He writes from AdhisthanaUK:

As March draws to a close, and the clocks have sprung forward an hour, spring is poking its head up through the soil and swelling in buds on branches all around Adhisthana. Though we have had some terribly cold and snowy days there have also been some sunny ones, and when bright and dry if maybe not so warm, Bhante has taken what opportunities he could and enjoyed a morning walk...

Triratna News
Triratna News

Sangharakshita's diary

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 5 Feb, 2018 - 12:55

Sangharakshita's diary

By Sadayasihi on Mon, 5 Feb, 2018 - 12:55

Sthanashraddha is Bhante’s secretary. He writes from AdhisthanaUK:

December
December is an unusual month here at Adhisthana, it becomes fairly quiet in the communities and quite a few people go away, either to see family or attend retreats. At the same time the centre swells and fills to capacity as the London Buddhist Centre holds its annual beginners winter retreat here. Bhante’s December largely followed a similar rhythm, being very quite with a slowing down...

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

Urthona Sci-Fi and Fantasy issue JUST PUBLISHED

By Ratnagarbha on Mon, 28 Aug, 2017 - 11:50

Urthona Sci-Fi and Fantasy issue JUST PUBLISHED

By Ratnagarbha on Mon, 28 Aug, 2017 - 11:50

URTHONA ISSUE 34, the Science Fiction issue, OUT NOW:

LAUNCH EVENING: 16th February 7.30 prompt in Festival Theatre, Cambridge Buddhist Centre. 

Don’t miss this unique arts evening of cosmic music, poetry, science fiction, & the dharma! (Don’t worry if you are not an SF fan especially this evening has something for all arts lovers with fine music, poetry and conversation.)

Programme:
Launch of Urthona Buddhist arts magazine issue 34 on Buddhism and science fiction
Readings by...

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