Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki (1870-1966), the great roshi, (teacher), prolific author of a variety of texts, including the hugely-influential An Introduction to Zen Buddhism (1934) and Zen and Japanese Culture (1959), subject of Michael Goldberg’s extraordinary film, A Zen Life (2006), is universally credited with introducing Zen (Japanese Buddhism) to the West. Gary Snyder, in the film, calls him “probably the most culturally significant Japanese person in international terms, in all of history”. Carl Jung had earlier written, “Suzuki’s works on Zen Buddhism are among the best contributions to the knowledge of living Buddhism…We … Read More
More Ginsberg at Occupy Wall Street imagery. Following Dylan Spoelstra in New York last week (with Reality Sandwiches), here’s “Kai C” in Oakland (with Fall of America). Allen is clearly being read, and thought about, a sane inspiration for protest, and that’s good. In that spirit, we draw your attention to William Ney’s 1988 interview (from The New Common Good). It’s been up there on the right hand side in our ” Online Interviews, Essays & Articles” listing for some time now (we draw your attention to that wealth of resources) but maybe there’s so much that it’s … Read More
[István Eörsi, Kiev Restaurant, NYC August, 1984. photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
Today marks the anniversary, six years on, of the death of István Eörsi, Allen’s friend, Hungarian translator, documentarian (1997’s “A Poet on The Lower East Side”), and, considerable presence in his own terms – poet, playwright and political activist (Eörsi, a student (and life-long disciple) of the philosopher Georg Lukács, was imprisoned in 1956, following his activities as part of the Hungarian uprising, and spent three-and-a-half years in jail).
A “clowning stoic” as his friend George Konrad once described him, Eörsi remained true, uncorrupted, deeply committed, … Read More
[How the Swans Came to the Lake: A Narrative History of Buddhism in America . Rick Fields, Shambhala, Boston & London; 1992 (1981)]
Back to 1975, and another in our on-going series of fugitive Ginsberg interviews. This one’s with the much-missed Rick Fields, author of How The Swans Came To The Lake (A Narrative History of Buddhism in America). It’s a transcription from his radio show, Open Secret. The subject, the curious connection between Buddhism and William Carlos Williams.