Trungpa Parinirvana

[Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987) ]

Today marks the day of the 30th anniversary of the death (the parinirvana) of Allen’s great teacher, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

There will be various celebrations, among them the Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast offered by the sangha at Shambhala, Boulder. 

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche wrote the Sadhana of Mahamudra in 1968 while staying in the cave of Taksang in Bhutan. The Sadhana of Mahamudra invokes the wrathful manifestation of Padmasambhava, called Dorje Trolö, to help us overcome obstacles and confusion in our time.

Here’s three images of Allen and Trungpa:

[Allen Ginsberg and Chogyam … Read More

Allen Ginsberg in Austin – Interview – 1978

Interviewer: So we want to figure out what’s best, you know, what will be most comfortable for you. What I want to do is an oral history of the ‘Sixties and Austin’s an interesting area because there’s a major university with a lot of anti-war… There was a segregtion case, a very famous law case here in 1959. There’s been an awful lot of work with the valley farm workers and Chicanos, plus we”ve got the Rothschilds here [sic], we’ve got all of LBJ‘s legacy. Basically, Austin’s sort of conservative but with the university and the State Capitol here, … Read More

Sunday March 5 Chogyam Trungpa Anniversary


[Allen Ginsberg and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche – Photograph © Naropa Archives]

March 5th – today -Allen’s teacher, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche‘s birthday, the 78th anniversary of his birthday. Next month (April 4th)  we will be marking the 30th anniversary of his death.

Rinpoche – Remembering Trungpa Rinpoche

see this extended piece by Barry Boyce from the archives in Lion’s Roar

Trungpa’s legacy can be more fully explored here – and here (Chronicles of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche) and also  here (Shambhala)

& see also previous postings on The Allen Ginsberg Project  (for example)  here, here and here


[“The Vidyadhara Chogyam … Read More

Chogyam Trungpa’s Parinirvana

Chögyam Trungpa
 [Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987)

It’s Chogyam Trungpa‘s Parinirvana today. Here‘s footage, from seven years ago, of the opening of the twentieth anniversary parinirvana celebrations at the Shambhala Meditation Center in Boulder, Colorado (held in conjunction with Naropa).

Here’s some of the fabled twenty-five-year anniversary celebrations in Sonoma – the two sanghas, Shambhala and the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, Tibetan Buddhism and Japanese Buddhism, getting together and, movingly, collaborating

“Commemorating the 27th Anniversary of the Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.” – a little vintage Trungpa Rinpoche – “Sunyata“, (from the Naropa Institute … Read More

Expansive Poetics 42 – (Edward Carpenter 4)

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[Edward Carpenter (1844-1929) – Photograph by Fred Holland Day]

AG: The other poem of (Edward) Carpenter‘s we might as well do, while we’re on Carpenter, is “The Secret of Time and Satan”. The reason I brought him up is he’s one of the children of (Walt) Whitman and one of the people who applied Whitman’s method of realistic all-inclusiveness, notation in present time, empathy in space, empathy and sympathy going out in space to make notions in present time. (It’s) a more philosophical poem based on theosophical ideas. It has Whitman’s basic impetus and … Read More

March 1 Birthdays – Lucien Carr & Basil Bunting

Basil Bunting

[Basil Bunting (1900-1985)]

[Lucien Carr (1925-2005)]

Two strangely contrasting birthdays, celebrated today (strangely contrasting? – or maybe not). We’ll draw your attention to fairly comprehensive initial postings on each of our two subjects of study – Basil Bunting – here  and Lucien Carr – here First, the latter. Due to the success of Kill Your Darlings, (out in America on DVD later this month), from a quiet unassuming back-seat, Lucien, (at least in the Dane DeHaan version), has been catapaulted to, clearly unwanted and unsought for, global notoriety, slandered (the movies can do this, even if it is just … Read More

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Chogyam Trungpa would have been 75 years old today Previous Trungpa birthday postings on the Allen Ginsberg Project may be viewed here and here  For a rich wealth of Trungpa materials – see here (Shambhala), here (the Chronicles Project) and here (the Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project)

not forgetting his pivotal role in establishing “the first fully-accredited Buddhist-inspired university in America” – Naropa A selection from Johanna Demetrakas’ 2011 documentaryCrazy Wisdom – The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche may be viewed here

Here’s, on the occasion of his birthday, footage of Trungpa, from 1975 – Surrendering Your … Read More

LOKA William Burroughs Interview part two

[William Burroughs, 1975 – Photograph by Peter Hujar “© 1987 The Peter Hujar Archive LLC; Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco”]

The 1975  Loka interview with William Burroughs continues. For the first part of the transcript, see here Interviewer: Well, you’ve spoken about technology being used in, shall we say, benign ways.

WSB: Technology is neither good nor bad. People ask whether technology is good or bad. Good and bad don’t float in vacuums. They only have meaning with relation to the actual people at actual times (because, if you say) “who did what, when, and … Read More

Expansive Poetics – 15 – (Walt Whitman – 4)

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[Walt Whitman (1819-1892), 1854 – Steel Engraving – Photograph by Samuel Hollyer of a lost Daguerrotype by Gabriel Harrison – “The engraving appeared in the 1855 and 1856 editions of “Leaves of Grass“, then again in the 1876 and 1881-82 (and following editions)..In reprinting it in the 1881 edition, Whitman insisted on its facing “Song of Myself”, because the portrait “is involved as part of the poem”]

The end (of Whitman’s “Song of Myself”) is interesting. I’d like to read the last three sections (sections 50, 51 and 52) , because they really do outreach him. I mean, he … Read More