Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

It’s Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche‘s birthday coming soon. See previous birthday postings on the Allen Ginsberg Project here and here and here

Our focus today is Robert Del Tredici‘s charming photo-book. Flip through an expanded on-line edition of it here

For those of you in the Boulder area, many of these photos can be seen at an exhibition at Naropa University’s White Cube and Nalanda Galleries through until April 21st  


Remembering Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche ( 1939-1987)… Read More

Friday Weekly Round-Up – 210


[Allen Ginsberg – Allen Ginsberg Nude Self-Portrait, Portland, Seattle, 1991 – Photograph via the University of Toronto Collection, Gift of the Larry and Cookie Rossy Family Foundation, 2014]

Opening last week (Feb 20) and up till early April (April 5), it’s the University of Toronto’s Ginsberg photo show, “We Are Continually Exposed to the Flashbulb of Death  – The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953-1996) curated by Barbara Fischer and John Shoesmith – currently at the Presentation House Gallery in Vancouver

“Essential viewing” – Burroughs: The Movie moves from the New York Film Festival to the Glasgow Film Read More

Meditation and Poetics – 53 (Bodhisattva Vows – 3)

[Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, here depicted with thousand arms and eleven heads]

AG: The next (Bodhisattva vow) is “Dharma gates are endless”. The gates of dharmas are endless, “I vow to enter every gate”, I vow to enter all. By “dharma gate”, that means situations are infinite. There are an infinite number of situations – this classroom, the question you asked me, each is a dharma or a “thing”  (dharma means really a “thing”, not just the law, the whole Buddha dharma or the dharma, the law of nature but dharma, in a technical sense, means just a … Read More

Meditation and Poetics – 52 (Bodhisattva Vows – 2)

 […’though passions are numberless, I vow to cut them all down”]  


AG: The next one [of the Bodhisattva vows] is a little more fishy (and) difficult. Something sticks in the craw with that, which is often translated as “Passions are endless, I vow to cut them all down” – Well, that’s pretty tough! It means you’ve got to cut off your balls – or what?
Student: (Are you talking about (Walt) Whitman?)
AG: Now, wait a minute, wait a minute, I’m not talking about Whitman yet. I’m just talking about laying out a general theory (Whitman … Read More

Meditation and Poetics – 51 (Bodhisattva Vows – 1)

[Human Tapestry – Sadegh Tirafkan (1965-2013)]

AG: I don’t know if Reggie (Ray) went over the Bodhisattva vows – all four? – did he? (I think he went over three or something) but I’ll go over it once (not as Buddhism, but just as ordinary mind thoughts, the sort of thoughts that you’d have as a kid, or that you’d find expressed in (Jack) Kerouac or in (Percy Bysshe) Shelley. Remember we began with Shelley’s, the end of, “(Ode to) the West Wind”  – “Drive my dead thoughts over the universe/ Like withered leaves to quicken a new … Read More

1979 Allen Ginsberg Reading in Toronto (Plutonian Ode & other poems)



More vintage footage this weekend (courtesy Don Rothenberg)  – Allen Ginsberg (with Steven Taylor) in Toronto, in April 1979, on the occasion of the World Symposium on Humanity event there. The main feature – (following some brief explication) – a reading, in its entirety, by Allen, of his recently-composed “Plutonian Ode” The footage can be viewed here

The  tape begins in media res with Steven Taylor on guitar accompanying Allen (on aboriginal songsticks) in a version of “Put Down Your Cigarette Rag“. This is followed, at approximately three-and-three-quarter minutes in, (“for loud voice, oratorical “), … Read More

Friday Weekly Round-Up – 209



Linda Cronin and Linda Hillringhouse – first-prize winners at the annual  Paterson, New Jersey. Passaic County Community College Allen Ginsberg awards – Congratulations you two! Tonight, in NYC (at the Cornelia Street Cafe) – Eliot Katz, Bob Rosenthal, and others – an hommage to Allen Ginsberg (the first of a series of readings, organized by Gordon Gilbert, that will be focusing on a variety of Beat writers) Manuel Agnelli (of Afterhours), a few weeks back at Sala Verdi Conservaorio di Milano, reciting Allen Ginsberg ( “Moloch! Solitudine! Sudicio! Bruttura! Pattumiere e inottenibili dollari!..”) … Read More

Meditation and Poetics – 50 (Walt Whitman (intro))



 [Walt Whitman (1819-1892)]

AG: So we move from there [Robert Creeley, William Carlos Williams, Vipassana “focus on detail of the physical world”] to some expansion. Okay, we’ve already got it focused. We’ve got microscopically fine precise detail, grounded. (We’ve) burnt away, to some extent, dependency on fantasy ( or, at least, even if we don’t want to work totally with that, at least we understand that theory..). Or – as (William Carlos) Williams said, “And resolve to dream no more”. Remember the beginning poem, “Thursday”?  – I have had my dream.. /and it has come to nothing, so … Read More

Meditation and Poetics – 49 (Robert Creeley)

AG: Then Peter (Orlovsky) and I went from (Alfred) Stieglitz‘s wife, Georgia O’Keeffe, (a) great painter who had simplified and clarified her sight, to Robert Creeley‘s house in Placidas (New Mexico) , where  Creeley gave me a book of new poems (Creeley also being a student of (William Carlos) Williams.) So I thought this same recovery of our own space in Creeley’s work has equivalent terminology. His word, I always thought, for space was “place” (like, he’s got a little poem about “when we get to heaven we will all have places, they’ll be a … Read More