The Religion of Art

by Sangharakshita

Just as beauty is truth, and truth beauty, the spiritual life and the artistic life are inextricably linked.

A work of art not only expresses its creator’s clearest insight and most refined emotion, it also acts as a means through which we may experience something of the beauth he has perceived. Religion, far from being a dry orthodoxy denying our deepest urges torward the Truth, can serve as a key to the process of exolution whereby we become that Truth. Properly approached, both religion and art lead to an expansion of consciousness, a state of heightened awareness and understanding in whic, ulimately, the limiting boundaries of “self” no longer hold.

In this collection of essays, Sangharakshita — a spiritual teacher and poet — offers a manifesto for a radical appraisal of art and religion.

Paperback, 172 pages, with B&W illustrations
August 1996
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Believe nothing merely because you have been told it… Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings — that doctrine believe and cling to and take it as your guide.
The Buddha

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