AG: (Who here caught Reginald Ray‘s) presentation on Friday. Can you raise your hands? Raise your hands high. Okay, I won’t go over it again, though I think he gave a very coherent intellectual outline of stages of Buddhist awareness and penetration of mind. If you can, borrow notes or check it out with some classmates.
At this point, I want to (with a little last look back), wrap up the Samatha–Vipassana–Hinayana area that we’ve been dwelling in so far – … Read More
Notice (last week) of the passing of London’s ubiquitous counter-cultural hero, John “Hoppy” Hopkins brings us to this little snippet of footage (from the BBC’s current affairs program, Panorama) – footage of a “Legalize Pot” rally (including archival footage of Allen) in 1967, in London’s Hyde Park.
Despite the pompous commentary…
[Classroom announcements at Naropa, July 17, 1978]
AG: For those of you who were not able to get the William Carlos Williams, will you?. Bobby Myers [Editorial note – Allen’s teaching assistant on this occasion] will place an order for The Collected Earlier Poems of William Carlos Williams. That’s the order (because it’s sold out at the Naropa Bookstore and I think it’s sold out at Back Country [Editorial note – the local Boulder bookstore, since closed].
If you want to order it, why don’t you put your name down on a piece of paper and Bobby will… It
[Woodcutter Gazing at Waterfall (detail) – by Hokusai, ink and colour on paper scroll, (1798), in the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford, California – courtesy the Stanford University Museum of Art, California, Ikeda Collection]
Student: (Isn’t it true that, in certain novels, in certain prose, you can pick out sentences where the author is just so perceptive and so..)
[Reginald Ray, on the invitation of Chogyam Trungpa, first full-time faculty member and chair of the Buddhist Studies (later Religious Studies) Department at Naropa Institute/University]
I’m going down with Tsultrim to Santa Fe this weekend, and we’ll be leaving Friday afternoon. For the Friday afternoon class, I’ve asked the Dean of Faculty, which is Reginald Ray, who specializes in teaching Vajrayana Buddhism to come and take my place and do the formal outline of the structure of Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism, all in one lesson – sort of the main themes, the main transformations, the … Read More
AG: We were doing some sitting. I wonder. We haven’t talked too much about it. I’ve sort of left it up to you to adapt. We did finally get some rugs to make it easier. If you want, you can bring in zafus (if you know what a zafu is – it’s a little round pillow that you can prop yourself under your butt and get a more solid seat) . If there’s any question about sitting, you can ask me sooner or later, or you can always go over to Naropa and check … Read More
& tomorrow, in Paterson, New Jersey, Feb. 7, 1 to 3 p.m, in the Paterson Hamilton Club Building, the 2014 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards – the annual poetry reading and award ceremony hosted by the Passaic County Community College
[Allen Ginsberg – Photograph by John “Hoppy” Hopkins]
The above image of Allen was taken by the legendary figure of the ‘Sixties UK counter-culture, John “Hoppy” Hopkins.
Here’s another of his