Last Tuesday night’s Night Waves, Radio Three’s intellectual discussion program was unusually good. Philip Dodd spoke separately to the philosopher Noam Chomsky then the biographer of Blair and Thatcher and Public School Headmaster, Anthony Sheldon. The theme in both cases was authority. What is it? Can it be a force for good? How can itsContinue reading “Chomsky, Seldon and authority”
A misty moisty morning today, as we used to say on misty days when I was growing up. I think we got this from Maddy Prior – we often listened to Steelye Span on Saturday mornings, and I recall what was then Maddy’s crystal clear, high, pure voice, with a hint of danger, like aContinue reading “Editor’s blog – Notes from an English Village”
Mist rising off the damp dark fields at the front of our cottage this morning. Not river mist, but fine wraithlike tendrils of mist rising from the strength of the sun on the damp earth. Not easy to photograph, but a fine sight, telling of the increasing power of the sun, and the waning ofContinue reading “Editor’s blog (notes from an English village)”
NEW POSTING: The Unanswered Question Chretien De Troyes and the first Story of the Grail Just posted on this site under ‘Literature’ a major essay on the mythos of the Grail legend, as found in the original medieval text. “I want to open this piece with an image rather than ideas about the Grail. Picture thisContinue reading “The Unanswered Question: Chretien De Troyes and the first Story of the Grail”
We are already hard at work on issue 30, which is going to be a celebratory issue, Urthona is 21 years old! We will allow ourselves the indulgence of a little reminiscence about the early days of the magazine, and how its vision was originally forged. We plan also to have some material on WilliamContinue reading “Editor’s Blog 7th Feb 2013”
Issue 26 is out and about in the shops, and we are looking into a distributor on the East Coast of the USA. We are starting to think about issue 27, which will be on the theme of Buddhism, culture and ecology. Views of nature, and the natural, are as many and various as thereContinue reading “Editor’s Journal 8th September 2009”
Urthona printed version issue no. 26: ‘Landscapes of the Mind’ is now out in UK bookshops and Buddhist centres around the world. If you have a local book store or Buddhist temple / meditation centre you think would like to stock it please let us know!
Last night I went to a very interesting talk here in Cambridge on the theme of Wabi Sabi as a buddhist practice. Wabi Sabi is a Japanese idea which is very hard to sum up in a few words. The speaker Vajradarshini brought together Wabi Sabi as an aesthetic quality of imperfection and transience withContinue reading “Editor’s Journal: 26th June 2009”