Raphael’s painting The Parnassus is the perfect metaphor for this blogazine.The name “Parnassus” in literature typically refers to its distinction as the home of poetry, literature, and learning.
“What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.” John Updike
Welcome to THE BARDO GROUP, a compendium of works from diverse and visionary creatives. Our goal is to foster proximity and understanding through our shared love of the arts and humanities and all things spirited and to make – however modestly – a contribution toward personal healing and deference for the diverse ways people seek comfort and understanding.
“Through the humanities we reflect on the fundamental question: What does it mean to be human? The humanities offer clues but never a complete answer. They reveal how people have tried to make moral, spiritual, and intellectual sense of a world where irrationality, despair, loneliness, and death are as conspicuous as birth, friendship, hope, and reason.” The Humanities in American Life, The Rockefeller Commission, 1980
We are a collective of writers, poets, story-tellers, artists, musicians, and teachers from around the world. The people who visit here to read, “Like,” and comment are as integral to this blogazine as the people who post their work here. They lend their energy, support, and insights to this evolving community.
“Good work, like good talk or any other form of worthwhile human relationship, depends upon being able to assume an extended shared world.” Stefan Collini (b. 1947), English Literary critic and Professor of English Literature at Cambridge
Our focus is on sacred space (common ground) as it is expressed through the arts. Our posts cover a range of topics: religions and spirituality, life, death, personal experience, culture, current events, history, art, and photography and film. We cover these topics in the form of essay, poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, music, art, and photography. Generally we offer a new post each day.
We consider that all art is meditation and comes from sacred space. Through their artistic inclinations, the contributors featured express the sacred. Our contributors hail from many places including: England and U.S., the Netherlands and Greece, China and India, Malaysia, Canada and Saudi Arabia, South and North Africa.
We share work here that is not necessarily religious but is reflective of diverse cultures and spiritual paths (including the nontheistic, both Buddhism and atheism) and representative of universal human values, however differently they might be expressed. This is a space where we hope you’ll delight in learning how much you have in common with “other” peoples.
We acknowledge that there are enormous theological differences and historical resentments that carve wedges among and within the traditions and ethnic or national groups, but we believe that ultimately self-preservation, common sense, and human solidarity will empower connections and collaboration and overcome division and disorder. We work for the tipping point when compromise – an admittedly imperfect peace – will overcome war and respect for life will topple resentment. That may not happen in our time, but it has to start somewhere and sometime and this is our modest contribution toward an end for which diverse people the world over are working.
HOW DID WE GET OUR NAME AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN? “Bardo” is a Tibetan Buddhist term referring to that place after physical death where some believe our souls travel between material manifestations. It might be likened by some (Brother David Steindle-Rast, for one) to the Christian purgatory. Chögyam Trungpa Rinchoche has written of it as the “in between, like a flowing river which belongs neither to this shore nor the other. In other words: it is the present experience, the immediate experience of now.” The expression “into the bardo,” was the original name selected because the founder and host of this site and the two people who were first invited to participate here were living with life-threatening illness. One of us, poet Ann Emerson, flew away in April 2013. The other two live, as everyone does, on the edge of eternity.
Since its founding on February 22, 2011, Bardo has evolved to the broader participation of skilled bloggers and a more heterogeneous perspective on life and spirit. It continues to evolve and grow its base of bloggers and readers and to embrace an ever-widening circle to diversity. We seek to move beyond simple connectivity (linking) to essential proximity (nearness and relationship).
This blogazine is dedicated to the memory of Ann Emerson, poet and friend.
- Jamie Dedes
Our TABLE OF CONTENTS (i.e. the most recent posts) is to your left. There is also a SEARCH feature in that blogroll.
No awards, memes or tags please, just your pleasure and ours and bit of shared soul-speak
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Update: December 1, 2013