Chögyam Trungpa Parinirvana

[Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987)]

April 4 – Thirty-one years on since the death of Allen’s great spiritual teacher and the founder of Naropa Institute (now Naropa University), Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Naropa just recently announced the establishment of the Chögyam Trungpa Institute, a new academic research center, to encourage ““critical assessment by scholars and practitioners of Chögyam Trungpa’s body of teachings and his place in the development of Buddhism in the West,”  It will seek to “support new directions that honor the spirit of his work, through expositions, classes, research, debate, and other means”,  (including, most significantly, … Read More

Naropa – Chuck Lief Inauguration

Today’s an auspicious day at Naropa (University). Charles G Lief, (“Chuck”) Lief, whose tenure as president began in August 2012, gets officially sworn in as the 6th (we think it is) President..

Here’s how the news of Lief’s appointment was announced last May in the press – Brittany Anas in The Denver Post and The Daily Camera – Here’s the Naropa press-release.… Read More

Fare-thee-well, dear Peter (Peter Orlovsky (1933-2010)

[Peter Orlovsky, Clean Asshole Poems and Smiling Vegetable Songs, Northern Lights Edition, Orono ME, 1993. Cover image: Elsa Dorfman]

Snail Poem

Make my grave shape of heart so like a flower be free aired and handsome felt. Grave root pillow, tung up from grave & wigle at blown up clowd. Ear turnes close to underlayer of green felt moss & sound of rain dribble thru this layer down to the roots that will tickle my ear. Hay grave, my toes need cutting so file away in sound curve or Garbage grave, way above my head, blood will soon trickle … Read More