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Masterpiece – Homer's Iliad

Thu, 11 Jun, 2020 - 10:50

Masterpiece – Homer's Iliad

Thu, 11 Jun, 2020 - 10:50

Just published at Urthona.com an introduction to the epic world of Homer’s Iliad by Dharmachari Dharmavadana

THE ILIAD an introduction

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Three Cosmogenic Myths

Wed, 10 Jun, 2020 - 12:18

Three Cosmogenic Myths

Wed, 10 Jun, 2020 - 12:18

Just Published: an in depth essay of comparative mythology in the spirit of Joseph Campbell, comparing the foundational cosmic mythos of Buddhism, Platonism and Gnosticism. A fascinating look at how ancient stories about the origin of the cosmos have influenced different civilisations.

https://urthona.com/culture-science-society/three-cosmogenic-myths/

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Four Buddhist Composers

Tue, 18 Feb, 2020 - 14:23

Four Buddhist Composers

Tue, 18 Feb, 2020 - 14:23

Blog post on four very talented contemporary composers, two of them members of the Triratna Buddhist Order:

https://urthona.com/2020/02/18/four-buddhist-composers/

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Issue 35 American Zen update

Mon, 27 Jan, 2020 - 13:22

Issue 35 American Zen update

Mon, 27 Jan, 2020 - 13:22Issue 35 has reached the layout stage. We have much exciting material in the pipeline. An interview with with the remarkable Peter Cavaciuti a Western master of Japanese brush painting with wonderful photographs by Jeremy Peters. A feature about the American abstract expressionist who were influenced by zen Buddhism including the inimitable John Cage. A fantastic selection of poetry made by Dharmavadana has just come in and I have begun laying out. A personal appreciation of the aesthetics of emptiness...
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Urthona Sci-Fi and Fantasy issue JUST PUBLISHED

Mon, 28 Aug, 2017 - 11:50

Urthona Sci-Fi and Fantasy issue JUST PUBLISHED

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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abhayasiddhi's picture

Hi Ratnagharba,

I would like to suggest a couple of names not in your list, but probably being considered i.e. to somewhat state the obvious, Michael Moorcock and J.G. Ballard.   

Sorry can’t help you with contemporary writers, though I have read some good SF in recent years. Many female writers nowadays and co-writing of SF novels. Often the term Speculative Fiction is used, which is sometimes preferable to SF, as it doesn’t always include “science”.

I borrow books from the local library, and enjoy a lot of what I read, but unfortunately I tend to forget the authors names quickly. If I read anything soon worth mentioning I’ll make a point of noting the names!

metta,

Abhayasiddhi

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Hi Ratnagarbha,

Last spring and summer I recorded a two-part podcast (over 2 hours in total) with Suvajra on his history with sci-fi, fantasy and speculative fiction. We are planning to use it as part of our next round of feature-length episodes of Buddhist Voices. Be great to tie in with this somehow!

We’ll also soon be starting an Arts blog here on The Buddhist Centre Online. We’ll set things up so anyone following it sees your posts from Urthona (even if they aren’t following this dedicated Urthona space). Just add the tag “Arts” to any posts and the system will pick it up and do the rest!

love, Candradasa

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Hi Ratnagarbha, one of my favourites regarding moral and imaginative integrity is R. Lee Smith, especially the “Lords of Arcadia” series (fantasy) and “The Hour of Gann” (scifi).

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Many thanks for the recommendations everyone. And yes I do hope we can tie in with the interview with Suvajra, which is a timely coincidence as it turns out.

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Ursula K. LeGuin (Earthsea, The Dispossed) immediately comes to my mind and then there are several novels by Doris Lessing (like The Marriages between the Zones …) which may fit. Also, I am wondering about Stanislav Lem’s rather philosophical SciFi stories & novels. Anyway, I am really looking forward to 2018 issue now that I know it’ll be about SF (and maybe that’ll inspire me to write something about related issues, too) :-))) with metta, mischa

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Urthona Issue 33 launch event at WLBC 1st July

Mon, 26 Jun, 2017 - 10:43

Urthona Issue 33 launch event at WLBC 1st July

Mon, 26 Jun, 2017 - 10:43

Similar to last year’s excellent event at the West London Buddhist Centre (address below), on 1st July we have another issue launch of Urthona, the Buddhist Arts magazine. Introduced by its poetry editor, Dharmavadana. There will be readings from four poets featured in issue 33 - Caroline Maldonado, Cath Drake, Ian Marriott and Subhadassi – Satyadaka reading his brilliant new Rilke translations, editor Ratnagarbha with translations from Dante, plus music from the Bright Moments Duo: Jonathan Cohen (Piano), Francois Moreau (Double Bass) play...

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New Issue about to be published

Mon, 10 Apr, 2017 - 12:34

New Issue about to be published

Mon, 10 Apr, 2017 - 12:34

NEW ISSUE

Urthona issue 33 – THE FRIENDSHIP ISSUE – will be in bookshops next month. Subscribe now to be sure of your copy.

Highlights include:

The Grey is Silver untransformed…. Haunting art photograph by new rising star, Brighton based Buddhist photographer Sahajatara.

Why is it not wonderful? Maitreyabandhu on his poetic mentorship with poet Mimi Khalvati.

New poetry from Subhadassi, Manjusura, Ian Marriott, Pam Cooper, John Danvers, Cath Drake, Lynn Hoffman and many others

Ed Piercy on friendships between children on screen. He also touches on the...

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Urthona Magazine Free Sample

Fri, 25 Mar, 2016 - 14:14

Urthona Magazine Free Sample

Fri, 25 Mar, 2016 - 14:14

Here is a link to a free sample of Urthona, the latest issue on Goddesses East and West

http://issuu.com/urthonamagazine/docs/sample_issue_32/1

Buy full issue at www.urthona.com

Electronic version for tablet / phone / desktop now available, see home page. 

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Urthona Appeal Launched

Thu, 17 Mar, 2016 - 18:01

Urthona Appeal Launched

Thu, 17 Mar, 2016 - 18:01

So we have launched the Urthona appeal at www.urthona.com

This unique journal where art, imagination and the Dharma meet needs to raise £100 a month in regular donations if it is to survive.

We have a £deficit of over £1000 and had to borrow to pay for the printing of last issue. And I the editor need a wee bit of support now the UK benefit system is being tightened up and Windhorse is no more….

You can give from £1 to £10 per...

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New Poetry Collection from Ananda

Mon, 8 Feb, 2016 - 10:15

New Poetry Collection from Ananda

Mon, 8 Feb, 2016 - 10:15

The Solitude of Small Doors, Ananda (Stephen Parr) 

Wolf at the Door, Bristol 2015, £11.52, pb, 250 pp

(To order go to Lulu.com and search for Stephen Parr

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Ananda’s major new collection, The Solitude of Small Doors has a distilled reflectiveness about it. We get the feeling that this is the fruit of a lifetime of reflection, observation and wrangling with the intractibles of this precious, confusing all to brief event we call human life. But human life, in Ananda’s universe, is always reflected and refracted through...

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