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...

Abhayaratna Trust
Abhayaratna Trust

Wills Cafe

By The Abhayaratna... on Mon, 15 Aug, 2016 - 12:55

Wills Cafe

By The Abhayaratna... on Mon, 15 Aug, 2016 - 12:55

Are you attending the International Combined Order Convention this month? Interested in knowing more about wills and will writing?

If so we invite you to join our ‘Wills Cafe’ on Saturday afternoon from 2.15 - 3.15pm in the International centre to hear Satyadasa of GreenGate Wills talk about the essentials of will writing and answer your questions. Free light refreshments will be provided.

If you can’t come along they’ll be a chance to listen to the recorded event on www.thebuddhistcentre.com. Look out for details on our website or facebook...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Writers Convention 2015 - Day 4: A Full Day, Fully Lived

By Satyalila on Tue, 14 Jul, 2015 - 19:35

Writers Convention 2015 - Day 4: A Full Day, Fully Lived

By Satyalila on Tue, 14 Jul, 2015 - 19:35

After the lovely morning shrine room poem by Norman MacCaig, beautifully read by Steph, a full day’s immersion in poetry to close out our first convention of Triratna writers…

We’ll bring you soon Dhivan’s brilliant talk on Ted Hughes, and hopefully too the poetry reading from Vishvantara, Ananda & Manjusura. We also had time to install some “poem-flags” in the Sangharakshita Library - detailed pictures to follow! 

Find out more on Buddhism, Triratna and the Arts!

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Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Triratna Writers Convention 2015 - Day 3: In The Listening Chair...

By Satyalila on Mon, 13 Jul, 2015 - 21:49

Triratna Writers Convention 2015 - Day 3: In The Listening Chair...

By Satyalila on Mon, 13 Jul, 2015 - 21:49

Our morning meditation poem on Thursday was Summer Farm by Norman MacCaig. I’ll definitely be buying this volume of Selected Poems. It’s wonderful!

In our sessions we’ve re-instituted ‘the listening chair’ we used to have for Manjusvara - and I snapped some occupants (interesting body language!) We were exploring themes from Ananda’s talk the other night about William Stafford, especially around the relationship with the Muse and receptivity.

There was a spirited discussion about the pros and cons...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Triratna Writers Convention 2015 - Day 2: Phillip Larkin

By Satyalila on Thu, 9 Jul, 2015 - 15:19

Triratna Writers Convention 2015 - Day 2: Phillip Larkin

By Satyalila on Thu, 9 Jul, 2015 - 15:19

Well, the week is speeding up! Yesterday (Tuesday) was our ‘William Stafford’ Day.  He’s the American poet who so inspired our dear friend, the late Manjusvara.  Last night Ananda’s gave us a great talk - the fruit of many years of acquaintance with Stafford, and much study (more recently).  We video’d (and audio-recorded) the talk so you can catch it.  There’s also a really great half-hour programme which the BBC did on William Stafford in 2013 to...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Triratna Writers Convention 2015 - Day 1

By Satyalila on Tue, 7 Jul, 2015 - 21:20

Triratna Writers Convention 2015 - Day 1

By Satyalila on Tue, 7 Jul, 2015 - 21:20

So after our check in last night we did a dedication ceremony in the shrineroom and had this great poem of Ananda’s - ‘Be here now’.  It’s a wonky/wabi-sabi scan done with my iPhone (like this whole reporting business, in fact!).  I rather like it. 

Of course we had to have timed writing to start with… (Wolf At The Door “Recipe” to follow!).

Pictures: Dhruvasimha (reading out), Vishvantara and vidyakaya to his left, Abhaya, Akasapriya, Padmabodhini and Varasahaya’s knee to...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: Simple Gifts

By Rijupatha on Mon, 17 Nov, 2014 - 18:46

FBA Podcast: Simple Gifts

By Rijupatha on Mon, 17 Nov, 2014 - 18:46Subscribe to the FBA Podcast

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In this week’s FBA Podcast, Vidyadevi remembers her time working with Sangharakshita to edit books based on his lectures and seminars. Entitled “Simple Gifts”, it’s a reflection on friendship with her spiritual teacher.

Given during the Rainy Season Retreat at Manchester Buddhist Centre in February 2014.

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