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...

Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Sangharakshita - The Poetry Interviews

By Centre Team on Fri, 5 May, 2017 - 20:49

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.

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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...

Community Highlights
Community Highlights

Writers' Convention 2015 - Poem Flags (A Series)

By Candradasa on Mon, 27 Jul, 2015 - 18:13

Writers' Convention 2015 - Poem Flags (A Series)

By Candradasa on Mon, 27 Jul, 2015 - 18:13

A couple of weeks ago the first Triratna Writers Convention at Adhisthana took place, which was a great success. Here are the poetry flags the writers installed in the Sangharaskhita Library at the end of the Convention… 

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Buddhist Centre Features
Buddhist Centre Features

Triratna Writers Convention 2015 - Be Here Now by Ananda

By Satyalila on Mon, 20 Jul, 2015 - 15:44

Satyalila and Ananda reflecting on the Writers Convention - both the nurturing and wildness aspects of it. And we get to hear Ananda give a wind-blown reading of his own poem, ‘Be Here Now’.

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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! 

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Writers Convention 2015 - Small Boy by Norman MacCaig

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

Into the last day of the writers’ gathering proper and we hear how it started - with a beautiful, typically understated piece by Norman MacCaig read by Steph, a writer herself and one of the young women who has just finished a five-month intensive Dharma course at Adhisthana

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Writers Convention 2015 - I Will Not Live An Unlived Life by Davina Markova

By Satyalila on Tue, 14 Jul, 2015 - 18:43

Writers Convention 2015 - I Will Not Live An Unlived Life by Davina Markova

By Satyalila on Tue, 14 Jul, 2015 - 18:43

Another wabi sabi scan, this time of Friday morning’s poignant meditation poem. A great choice by Varasahaya which prompted some tears as the eight young women prepare to leave Adhisthana today after their 5 month Dharma course…

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Triratna Writers Convention 2015 - Young Women Writing Their Way

By Satyalila on Tue, 14 Jul, 2015 - 13:12

Running parallel to the Writers’ Convention - and coming to an end at the same time - was a young women’s extended Dharma course, with women from around the world taking part. Here we meet Shraddhavajri and Vidyadharini from India who, along with their fellow long-term retreatants, have been using writing as another way to explore spiritual life and the meaning of the Buddha’s teaching in their own lives…

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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...

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