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Art and the Spiritual Life

by Sangharakshita

"Art is the organisation of sensuous impressions that express the artist's sensibility and communicate to his audience a sense of values that can transform their lives." Using his own definition, Sangharakshita investigates the relevance of art and the artist to higher evolution.

Talk given in 1969.

This talk is part of the series The Higher Evolution.

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1. Recapitulation of series (7:44) 
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2. The Axial Age (5:30) 
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3. Introduction to lecture (8:15) 
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4. Characteristics of the artist: i. Self-consciousness (8:22) 
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5. ii. True Individuality (1:02) 
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6. iii. Creativity (2:24) 
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7. iv. Aloneness (1:12) 
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8. v. Unpopularity (1:13) 
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9. What is art? (4:10) 
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10. The artist's sensibility and awareness (5:58) 
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11. The artist and the Evolutionary Process (4:37) 
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12. The artist's inspiration and genius (11:47) 
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13. Art and transformative communication (8:26) 
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14. The creative experience (6:21) 


Total running time: 1:17:01

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