Ann Gleig, Professor of Religion and Culture in the Dept. of Philosophy at University of Central Florida, just published her book, American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity, (Yale press, Feb. 2019). Matthew O'Connell interviews Ann about her book at his Imperfect Buddha Podcast. Gleig's interview is lively and brilliant, covering the topics in her book on post-modern Buddhism … Continue reading Ann Gleig: American Dharma
Mark Hollis, creator of 'Spirit of Eden', passed away at 64 y,o. 'Spirit of Eden' is of the most beautiful albums ever recorded. https://youtu.be/hCZnXg0vNs0 'Spirit of Eden' is profoundly spiritual, taking the listener into a musical experience of the deep mystery and beauty of nature. One thing we should ask ourselves about awakening: does it … Continue reading Mark Hollis: Spirit of Eden
Khruangbin is a Psychedelic Soul band from Houston, Texas. They claim their sound is based on 60s psyche-funk from Thailand. Not sure I get that connection but whatever, if you say so. The important thing is that it’s super fucking good psyche-funk. At times psychedelic, at times jazzy-loungey, supremely listenable. https://youtu.be/q4xKvHANqjk Khruangbin is also my … Continue reading Khruangbin: Psychedelic Soul
Fritjof Capra addresses the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco on his journey with science and spirituality. https://youtu.be/uGHYAhFaS9w I am a student of Fritjof Capra: he is my systems guru.
What materials do we have for a Buddhist aesthetic? I'd like to make a quick sketch of how I think about this. From the Pali Canon, Theravada tradition, we have a philosophy and praxis of Deconstruction and Interconnectedness. From the Mahayana, we have a philosophy and praxis of Emergence into Wholes, Non-Duality. The Tantric tradition … Continue reading Foundations for a Buddhist Aesthetic
BY YANGDON DHONDUP 11 February 2019 (originally published in Himal South Asian Journal April 2007) What is Tibetan about art that bears no obvious reference to ‘Tibetan-ness’? Plenty. Photo: Common Grounds Project / Flickr I first met the Tibetan artist Gadé (transliterated as dga’ bde) on a cold November day in 1994. After showing me around the … Continue reading Beauty and Contradiction in Tibetan Art
I have a vision that someday I will have a website that's something like a record company that features music and video art by Buddhists or with Buddhistic themes. Following up on the 'Buddhism as Complete Culture' post, we need to develop a contemporary Buddhist aesthetic from which can support all sorts of art forms. … Continue reading Club Buddha Head