Appreciation and practice of the Arts is seen within our community as an important means of engaging the emotions in the spiritual life and of making a bridge between traditional Buddhism and Western culture. The Buddhist perspective creates a standpoint from which to develop a consistent critique of western art. At the same time, some of the greatest western artists, poets, and writers have had intuitions of the higher states to which Buddhist practice leads.
At the Sydney Buddhist Centre we provide opportunities for people to come together to learn, practice and share their engagement with the arts. Open Hand performance evenings, art retreats and art workshops are part of what we offer and sangha members are always happy to engage with anyone interested in this expression of practice.