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Contents of In the Realm of the Lotus - An Interview with J.O.Mallander About Art

by Sangharakshita

Interview with J.O.Mallander

Padmaloka 1992
Contents

1
Sangharakshita's first experience of art and first contact with Buddhism in the Children's Encyclopedia
2
Titian's painting in the National Gallery, London
3
Looking at the mountains in Kalimpong
3-4
Bhante's writing of poetry
5
Bhante's contact with Lama Govinda
6
Colour and visualisation
6
Bhante's love of semi-precious stones
7
Nicholas and George Roerich
8
Bhante's visits to the caves and art of Ajanta
9
What are Bodhisattva? Avalokitesvara and Manjusri
10-11 Bhante's teachers
Jagdish Kashyap
Yogi Chen
Chetul Sangye Dorje
Dhardo Rimpoche
Khachu Rimpoche
Jamyang Khyentse
Dudjom Rimpoche
11-13 The importance of the dream world
Bhante's dream of the Hindu form Agastya
13-14 Bhante's vision of Amitabha
14
The origin of Tibetan thangkas (painted scrolls)
15
Khachu Rimpoche acting on his visions and his ability to read people's minds
16
Jamyang Khyentse Rimpoche
16-17 Initiation as a personal introduction to a bodhisattva
17
Tomo Geshe Rimpoche's visions and 'materialisations'
18
Bhante's meetings with Tomo Geshe Rimpoche's reincarnation
19
Bhante's cultural pilgrimage to Italy and Greece
Greece -
Delphi, Epidaurus, Olympia
Italy - Ravenna, Venice, Rome
20
St. Jerome - the symbol of the translator - making the unknown known
21
Angels in art and literature
22
Cecil Collins' paintings of angels
22-23 The Diamond Sutra - nature, beauty and impermanence
23-24 The natural world in early Buddhism
24-25 The importance of the concept of beauty
25-26 Bhante's definition of art
26-27 Michelangelo
27
"Who is the real Sangharakshita?"
28-29 The religious absolute and the artistic absolute - synthesising the two
29
Many artists breaking rules for the sake of breaking rules
30
Bhante's inspiration for writing
31
Art from will and art from contemplation
32-33 Padmasambhava and his eight forms
33
Using Western/Renaissance art to illustrate Bhante's books
34
El Greco Michelangelo's 'Creation of Adam'
35
William Blake
36
Turner
37-38 German Romantic Art - Caspar David Friedrichs
38
Arahants and Bodhisattvas in Chinese art
39
Conventionally religious/sacred art and genuinely religious/sacred art
40
The resurrection of Christ taken symbolically by many Christians nowadays
41-42 Meditation and the creative/artistic impulse
42-43 John Cage and Bertholt Brecht - the great cultural debate in Scandinavia
43
The Tibet exhibition (1992) in London and the USA
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