Montreal Reading continues – (Sunflower Sutra & Mantra)

Following Allen’s Montreal 1969 reading:

Moderator: Allen says he wouldn’t mind answering any questions….

AG: Or a conversation or something..

Moderator: ..rapping with anyone who wants to pass on anything to Allen, so anybody go ahead. Alright [to audience member], stand up, go ahead..Q: Will you read “ Sunflower Sutra”?

AG: Yes..Sure. The question was would I read “Sunflower Sutra. I think I’ll read that and then quit because some are restless… Can we settle here? – (and) also I wanted to say..[to Student] ..what is your name? ..there are, as you know, people taking money for a free health clinic tonight which will (treat) aid, people who have indulged too delightfully in sexual communication or dropped too much acid and found themselves in and out of bardo thodol , so there’s a few doctors who have offered their services to give aid to the children who’ve gone too far out into the cosmos .. If you have any money, you could help the doctors with it, that would be appreciated. That’s outside the door…black cylinder …

[At approximately forty-three-and-three-quarter minutes in (third segment),

Allen begins reading from “Sunflower Sutra” – “I walked on the banks of the tincan banana dock and sat down under the huge shade/of a Southern Pacific locomotive to look at the sunset over the box house hills and/ cry”… “…no fish in that stream, no hermit in those mounts, just ourselves rheumy-/eyed and hung-over like old bums on the riverbank, tired and wily..” – [Allen breaks off] – “Actually, I’m having trouble because there’s so much movement there. Can I wait a minute till everybody gets a little more settled? Is this thing [the sound-system] working consistently? (because it sounded like it was going on and off this morning. Is it alright?(A few) minutes to compose myself? – It’s just too difficult now (because everybody’s unsettled now), so I’d like to finish with a (William) Blake song, which is easier to sing when there’s this much movement. Or better still, there’s a Buddhist mantra for calming children, which is useful – Tibetan.. (but I haven’t done any Tibetan so far (and won’t) till everybody gets a ground)

Allen chants a mantra to settle the audience – Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih Sri Manjushri, god of discriminating wisdom, book in one hand and lightning sword of intelligence in the other, that symbolizes Buddhist ventures – and then, starting at approximately fifty minutes in, reads “Sunflower Sutra” again, this time in its entirety –  “I walked on the banks of the tincan banana dock…”… “spied on by our own eyes under the shadow of the mad locomotive riverbank/sunset Frisco hilly tincan evening sitdown vision.”

Moderator: Allen’s a bit tired.
AG: No, I don’t know what to do now. See if I can… I mean, We might have an orgy?

Moderator: We just want you to talk. Why not tell us what you think?

AG: Well, I’ll tell them.

Moderator: We just want you to talk. Unless you are too tired?

AG: No, It’s just talk about what? – see. Somebody propose a subject (otherwise I’ll get too freaked out andparanoid to deal with all the assembled

to be continued

[Audio for the above can be heard here, beginning at approximately forty-one-and-three-quarter minutes in (in the third segment) and including at approximately fifty-six-and-a-half minutes in]

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