New Documentary about Nuns in Tibet released

Just to let you know that an in depth documentary film about the life of a community of Buddhist nuns in Tibet is about to be released.

The London Premiere takes place on

30th June 2013, Sun
Bulgarian Cultural Institute, London
188 Queen’s Gate
Kensington
SW7 5HL
Urthona will be covering this fascinating and unique film in our next issue due out in the autumn.

Zen and Ice

Without water no Buddhas! 

Hakuin

Zen Master Hakuin says: ‘All beings from the very beginning are Buddhas, it is like water and ice, without water no ice, without living beings no Buddhas’. This suggests that metaphorically living beings are water and the Buddha ice. In one way this is appropriate because liquid water is the general case, the form we normally find, and ice is a special case under particular conditions. A Buddha is a special case of a sentient being, a sentient being who is awake and knows who they really are. However, there is much to be gained from reversing the metaphor. Continue reading

Editor’s Blog – notes from an English village

Bela Tarr in reflective mood

Bela Tarr in reflective mood

Bela Tarr – the ultimate director of European existential film-noir?

Are you a fan of long, slow European art movies with strong symbolic overtones, shot in black and white or at the very least shades of murky sepia, in which the main character walks down deserted white roads in the mountains at dusk, or through deserted city streets at night, where the occasional candle at an upstairs window seems to signify both their utter and final loneliness and the distant possibility of some kind of redemption mediated but not bounded by the outworn rituals of a discarded faith? Continue reading

Chomsky, Seldon and authority

Anthony Seldon

Anthony Seldon

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky

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 its abuse be prevented? The stance of the two interviewees made a very nice contrast and this made up for Dodd’s occasionally irritating interviewing style. Continue reading