Bhikkhu Nanamoli's A Thinker's Note Book: Posthumous Papers of a Buddhist Monk PDF

By Bhikkhu Nanamoli

Amassed posthumous papers of the English monk-scholar Ñaṇamoli, who counts as one of many superior translators of Pali Buddhist texts into English. in addition to being a talented translator Ñaṇamoli was once additionally a proficient philosopher, thinker, and poet. in addition to a few longer essays, lots of the notes are just one paragraph lengthy and have been written within the Fifties as a Buddhist monk. The notes and essays care for profound subject matters equivalent to ontology, metaphysics, nuclear physics, good judgment, yet there's additionally humour, irony, sarcasm and lightweight poetry. 4 essays have been previous released in a Wheel book referred to as Pathways of Buddhist suggestion. The notes have been accumulated, edited and brought by way of Nyanaponika Thera.

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The programme was quite extraordinary. In the first place, we played in the open air in a field and secondly there was no piano to be had. We began with a Mozart Quartet – Ysaÿe, his son, Doehaerd and myself to which the soldiers listened most attentively and applauded enthusiastically. After Ysaye and his son played solos, Doehaerd and myself accompanying as best we could. The next item was all the national airs which Ysaye played, we filling the harmonies (the soldiers standing at attention all the time) and I finished up by playing Tipperary.

In an unusual play-through of the Brahms B flat sextet, at Casals’s suggestion Paul Kochanski played first violin while Casals, taking Thibaud’s violin and holding it low between his knees in place of his cherished cello, played the second violin part, Tertis and Pierre Monteux took the viola parts, and Rubio and Felix Salmond were the cellists. Tertis wrote of these informal chamber music meetings: ‘No public perfor­ mance could ever have reached such a pitch of carefree, rapturous inspiration.

The list of novelties was completed by two bright little pieces, severally entitled Andante Espressivo and Allegro Scherzando by Mr. Harry Farjeon. In all these Mr. Tertis showed not only great executive skill, but produced a variety of tone-colour which dissipated that sense of monotony not uncommonly felt when the viola is listened to for any extended period.  H. Bell, and two more works by York Bowen,4 his second Sonata in F and ‘a beautiful Fantasy’ for viola and organ. The Daily Telegraph reported: ‘Mr Tertis and Mr Bowen … are beyond question musicians of the highest order.

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