URTHONAISSUE 34, the Science Fiction issue, OUTNOW:
LAUNCHEVENING: 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...
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...
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….
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
Reviewed by Ratnagarbha
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...
Issue Theme: Goddesses East and West. Including: Anne Baring on the awaking of the goddess, Sorita De Este – priestess of Hekate, Hollywood goddesses Cleo and Helen of Troy. Dhivan on Ted Hughes and the goddess. Plus reviews of the new Herbie Hancock and Philip Glass memoirs and poetry from Maitreyabandhu, Linda France and many others. From the editorial by Ratnagarbha:
The symbol of ‘The Goddess‘, with many names and forms, is one of the most...
Edward Thomas has been much celebrated in recent years for the short lived but vital output of his poetry before he headed for the Western front and into memory. The influence of his prose writing – nature writing and literary reviews has been downplayed. This is regrettable. I would argue that in some ways his prose is more accomplished than his poetry. It is certainly true that he wrote too much prose in...
An extract from the editorial for Urthona Buddhist Arts Magazine, issue 32, due out November 2015….
I believe that the modern goddess image is not primarily a figure to be worshipped, but a symbol that embodies a vision of the entire cosmos that is deeply, desperately needed in this age. In turning our hearts to the goddess, we are turning towards a sacred cosmos, in which each object and event is intimately connected to an interwoven Whole. This interwovenness, or interconnectedness, or...
Things are well underway on gathering material for issue 32, and I have even designed the first two articles. Publication date late Autumn 2015.
The theme is GODDESSESEASTANDWEST, and we have loads of exciting material:
* A major article by Anne Baring (co-author of The Myth of the Goddess) in which she traces the evolution of images of the divine feminine throughout the ages. It is a call to awaken the imagination, to restore and reinvent a vision of a sacred cosmos.