Urthona Issue 26


Issue (26) June 2009

Urthona 26 This issue explores the theme of landscapes inner and outer. We present the work of three visionary artists deeply inspired by notions of landscape and mindscape. Also featured: substantial previews of complete chapters from two recently published novels, philosophy in the movies, interview with translators of the great Sanskrit poet Ashvaghosha.
* Bleakness and Joy
The unjustly neglected Scottish painter Joan Eardley returned constantly to the wild and often bleak coastline of Fife, north of Edinburgh. Landscape painting of this calibre has the power to evoke the play of the elements with a precision and sublimity which can humble our superficial selfhood and its petty strivings.
* Poet of Absence and Presence
Very possibly the foremost nature poet at work in Scotland today, John Burnside, is inspired by the same coastal landscape of Fife. He evokes the mystery and strangeness both of the wilderness and of familiar domestic objects.
* Inner Landscapes
Talented Buddhist painter Vidyalila (Val Hudson) who works in a more abstract manner: her wonderful paintings evoke moods of physical landscape and inner spiritual moods at the same time.
* Golden Sunflowers
Vishvapani discovers how Buddhist ideas have influenced Western culture over the last 200 years, from Wagner to John Cage


Now published annually, Urthona has expanded! This new issue has 64 pages, with many more in full colour. A feast for the senses and for the mind, which will provide inspiration throughout the coming year.
Ratnagarbha - editor