Event Dates: March 21st, 10am-1pm EST on Zoom


In this workshop we will explore the relationships between the Heart Sutra, emptiness and fullness, and two American poets: Walt Whitman and Mary Oliver.

In the Heart Sutra the emptiness of the five skandhas is “filled with” something. Do you ever wonder what is going on for the Bodhisattva, “Holding to nothing whatever, But dwelling in Prajna wisdom? And how is one “freed of delusive hindrance” and “Rid of the fear bred by it?” The poems and poets will be giving us some idea of what’s happening, and in ways that only poems can communicate. Vidhuma will use the poetry as a means of communicating; the day won’t be an intellectual exercise but a time of immersion in the poetry — of the Sutra and of the poems. 

If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite, or if you’re unable to make a donation, you can email info@aryaloka.org to make other arrangements. This event is by donation, $20-$60 suggested. Please give what you can — Aryaloka is being supported solely by donations during the pandemic. A Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the event.

This workshop is part of our Equinox Arts Weekend: learn more here.

Vidhuma’s name is a Pali expression that translates into “No impurities” or “No obscurations.” Historically it was an epithet sometimes used to describe the Buddha’s dedicated followers. Aryaloka has been Vidhuma’s spiritual home for over three decades. He was ordained in 1997, after first coming into contact with Aryaloka eight years earlier. 

Vidhuma has been a serious lover of the magic of poetry since his childhood. So much that touches the human heart cannot be expressed except by poetry’s voice. The same is true for the spiritual life, which is perhaps why the historical Buddha’s words were often in verse. 

Register for the event here

Led by: Dh Vidhuma
Times: March 21st, 10am-1pm
Venue: Online
Fee: Suggested Donation $20-$60
Level: Open to All
Directions: On Zoom Platform

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