Cowboy Meditation Primer – poetry sequence by Mary McCray
(Taster from Urthona issue 35 ‘American Zen’)
A unique sequence of poems in which the hard lives and gritty adventures of cowboys on the trails of 19th Century New Mexico are combined with Buddhist Wisdom.
It’s 1870s New Mexico. A heartbroken city journalist has joined a cattle drive in order to learn how to be a real cowboy. He meets a cattle company traveling up the Goodnight Loving Trail in New Mexico Territory. Not only do the...
Acarasiddhi (Tony Press) of the Triratna Buddhist Order grew up in 1950s California. He was too young to be at the famous reading in City Lights bookshop when Ginsgerg’s Howl was unveiled, but he remembers very well the heady atmosphere of 1950s California when the world was opening up in all directions (land, space, imagination…)
‘Where are all the dark paths now? The Pure Land itself is near’
Hakuin’s Song of Zazen
Painting shown above: Amitabha, the Buddha of the Western Pure Land (Sukhavati). C. 1700 Central Tibet; Distemper with gold on cloth,. Dimensions: 56 1/4 × 39 1/2 in. (142.9 × 100.3 cm). Public domain – Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchased: Barbara and William Karatz Gift and funds from various donors, 2004
For Abhayavajra, who is based in rural Suffolk, painting is an art of revealing and covering, an exploration of formal relationships :
“Contradistinction (contre-jour) is a familiar and traditional element of painting, whether used consciously or unconsciously. So is the interaction of colours and tones – the way they transform each other when brought...
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.
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...