The Master and his Emissary

In this interview – the first in the new series Books Worth Reading – Ratnaguna interviews Jñanavaca on The Master and His Emissary by Iain McGilchrist, and finds out why he thinks it is a book well worth reading.

The Dionysian and the Apollonian

Ratnaguna asks guitarist Nick Gauntlett about his love of progressive rock music, and what it has to do with his Dharma practice. We also hear some of the music he has recorded, including a song he wrote as part of a concept album on the Buddha.

Buddhism and Psychology

Ratnaguna and Advayacitta discuss aspects of Buddhism and psychological therapy – their similarities and differences. In particular they explore the topic of ‘helpful conversations’.

Evolution: changing our paradigm

In this interview Silavadin discusses the materialist view of evolution and, following the philosopher Thomas Nagel, proposes a different paradigm: that there is a cosmic predisposition to the formation of life, consciousness and value.

Cézanne: the sacred and profane

Maitreyabandhu is an award-winning poet, and in this illuminating interview he tells Ratnaguna about his latest volume of poetry, After Cézanne.

Why listen to classical music?

Director and conductor of the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra, and member of the Triratna Buddhist Order Sravaniya (Mark Latham), tells Ratnaguna why he thinks classical music is important.

Music, Meaning and Mantra

Ratnaguna interviews Advayacitta about the importance and meaning of music in general, and in particular of the chanting of mantras.

Consciousness and Rebirth

Ratnaguna interviews Advayacitta about the nature of consciousness, and how this relates to the question of rebirth.