Sad news this week of the passing of Allen’s last great spiritual advisor, Gelek Rimpoche (1937-2017), teaching the lesson of impermanence. Gelek was there at Allen’s deathbed (see this account). Allen was deeply inspired by Gelek and did numerous benefits for his organization, Jewel Heart
Allen Ginsberg reads “Howl” in 1994 at the Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan, at a benefit for Jewel Heart
From the program notes:
On “Howl, for Carl Solomon”
Allen Ginsberg’s writing and first reading of “Howl, for Carl Solomon” in 1955 marked a change in American letters and public life that is still unfolding today. Some felt that both “Howl”‘s words and the act of speaking them aloud were profoundly liberating, while others thought that they were a threat to public order.
Ginsberg himself, at the start of writing, felt that the emerging poem could never have a … Read More
[Gelek Rinpoche and Allen Ginsberg, at the reception after a Jewel Heart Benefit, Chicago, November 9 1991. Photo c. Jennifer Girard]
Gelek and Allen and Jewel Heart – Jon Kain in his piece for the Shambhala Sun, some years back, “Gelek Rinpoche’s Remarkable Journey”, notes “They [Gelek and Allen] met in the early 1990’s, forming a fast friendship. Allen eventually became Gelek Rinpoche’s student, with Rinpoche performing the ritual at Allen’s death. “Allen never missed the opportunity to teach me about American culture and language, Rinpoche told me”, (Kain recounts), “He pushed me all the time. He was really … Read More