Beauty and Environmental Action (The Dharma Toolkit, Episode 41)

Episode 416,   Jul 17, 2021, 03:50 PM

How does an appreciation of beauty impact our awareness of our environment? What even IS "beauty"? A fabulous - even beautiful - conversation to move and inspire!

Join us for a deep dive into the relationship between art, aesthetics, the environment, and the inner life of people, objects and houses! In this episode we discuss the current ecological and biodiversity crises with an artist and a poet, asking how an appreciation and fuller understanding of beauty itself can help us take action in our own lives.

Be prepared to have your notions of "the beautiful" challenged and, hopefully, also affirmed as we range with our guests Padmacandra and Vilokini from the world of wabi-sabi to the lost stories of an old theatre, from the rainy streets of Venice to the re-wilding of a field and garden in England.

Time to set out for "The Greater Mandala of Uselessness"!

Show notes
The Tale of the Whale by Karen Swann and Padmacandra

The Many Jewels: Buddhism, Writing and the Arts (a podcast series with Padmacandra)

Wisdom Beyond Words by Sangharakshita (source for the teaching on "The Greater Mandala of Uselessness").



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Theme music by Ackport! Used with kind permission.

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