The next issue of Urthona magazine is now well into its production schedule. In our spring 2017 issue we will be taking a long and loving look at friendship and the Arts.
On the cover we feature a painting of Tobias and the Angel, the story from the biblical apocrypha in which the angel Raphael befriends a mortal boy, which was much loved in medieval Europe as an image of friendship with the divine.
Highlights will include:
Haunting art photograph by new rising star, Brighton based Buddhist photographer Sahajatara.:
“At first, I went to amazing places to take pictures; wild coastlines, old cemeteries… and what I quickly noticed was that, for me, the celestial light revealed herself most clearly through the ‘ordinary’, through ‘every common sight’. So I would go to an abandoned church, take 40 average photographs, and as I was leaving, see a red serviette in the gutter looking exactly like a rose.bI went to the Jurassic coast for a week, and on the morning of my return, found a fallen fox glove flower in my garden, studded with dew.And so it went on: an ivy leaf, caught in a cobweb in my kitchen window, a pea pod in the veg box, my daughter fallen asleep in the afternoon …”
An in-depth article on his poetic membership with Mimi Khalvati by Maitreyabandhu. Mimi is widely regarded as one of the best poetry mentors in the country, and is also a fine poet herself. Maitreyabandhu reveals a process of excavation in which her mentorship was invaluable in finding what he really wanted to say: ‘dig into it, knock into it with your spade…’
Our movie editor Ed Piercy discovers that friendships between children have been a particularly fruitful area for some of the most talented directors.
An interview with talented Buddhist artist, Amitajyoti . She is half way through a major commission of a diptych for the Birmingham Buddhist Centre, showing the Buddha with two different disciples, a monk and a nun. She also talks about her dynamic abstract works including a series which explores union with the Beloved.
An in-depth essay about the friendship between Dante and the poet Virgil – with some help from the Buddha’s teachings on Spiritual Friendship, by Ratnagarbha. Dante in real life was deeply inspired by the writings of Virgil and felt that he had learned his ‘fine tuned style’ from this great man. What makes Dante special is that he drew on this connection to create an imaginary friendship of surpassing depth and interest