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Nov 22
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Poetry Space, Winter 2019

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Moving into winter now, fallen leaves and early snow. In this edition we feature four poems from writers both new to us, and some not so new.

As a reminder, for the time being we strive to publish most, if not all, of the work we receive, or at least a selection of work from each writer who submits.

Given our space constraints, we have a bit of a bias toward shorter poems and cannot make use of photographs, art work, etc. See the guidelines for submission below…

We invite all of our readers to submit their work. To submit, simply email your work to [email protected]. Please include your poems in the body of the email (no more than 3 poems per submission please), and please include your name and where you live; if you prefer to submit anonymously, that’s perfectly fine.

 

Unopenend Presents

Breakfast in bed
A kiss on the cheek

The universe at our fingertips
alive with possibility

like unopenend presents
inside each other’s eyes

–George Cassidy Payne
Rochester, NY Continue…

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"I am Miksang."  An interview with Miksang teacher, Maxine Sidran

“I am Miksang.” An interview with Miksang teacher, Maxine Sidran

Maxine Sidran:  I first saw the word Miksang on a calendar at the Toronto Shambhala Center.  My response was to the word that followed it: photography.  I have practiced photography my entire adult life, and the fact that it had showed up at a meditation center ... continue
Posted April 20, 2009 by

Warrior Song of King Gesar

Our earth is wounded Her oceans and lakes are sick Her rivers are like running sores The air is filled with subtle poisons And the oily smoke of countless hellish fires blackens the sun Day has become night. Fish are born deformed; birds fall lifeless from the sky Forests and plains wither Animals running ... continue
Posted April 17, 2009 by Jennifer Holder
Shambhala Collector Offers Treasures

Shambhala Collector Offers Treasures

By Eric Salter Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche gave me the bodhisattva name” Dharma Ornament of Liberation”, possibly because all my life I have collected beautiful objects, many of which are special Buddhist practice materials. During a visit by Khenpo Rinpoche shortly after I moved into my home, I mentioned ... continue
Posted April 14, 2009 by
Leo Tolstoi's Instructions on How To Rule Your Kingdom

Leo Tolstoi’s Instructions on How To Rule Your Kingdom

Julie Heegaard as the Wise Guru addresses the Queen and King Stephen and Yeshe Clarke as King and Queen Dale Lantz as the King's Minister addresses the King and Queen For Children’s Day in December at the Baltimore Shambhala Center we adapted a story story by Leo Tolstoi called ... continue
Posted April 10, 2009 by
A Wary Invitation to my Future Child by Ethan Nichtern

A Wary Invitation to my Future Child by Ethan Nichtern

“And you that shall cross from shore to shore years hence, are more to me, and more in my meditations, than you might suppose.” – Walt Whitman, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry 1. The Disclaimer Let me just say I’m not expecting you for a while Except by tragedy of bubble-burst ... continue
Posted April 10, 2009 by Jessica Sarapoff
Two Poems from White Clouds: 108 Poems by John Castlebury

Two Poems from White Clouds: 108 Poems by John Castlebury

CHYRON FOR A WALK The yellow field or the green-tinted field The blue font scrawling in a neat hand   Pink rose looks strange out of its element Paperweight rocks from the beach sit idly   Stepping stones are nearly overgrown As blue font scrawls across yellow field   Rain steams off the road like ... continue
Posted April 4, 2009 by Jessica Sarapoff
Preface to Aspiration Highway: 108 Poems by John Castlebury

Preface to Aspiration Highway: 108 Poems by John Castlebury

My written request for an interview with my beloved wisdom teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was granted one evening in the Tenno Room at Kalapa Court. About a dozen of us students were meditating in an anteroom awaiting our turns. And when my turn came – did I ... continue
Posted April 4, 2009 by Jessica Sarapoff
Confidence by Steve Clorfeine

Confidence by Steve Clorfeine

I still reflect on some of the things the Vidyadhara said 30 years ago, about: the uplifting of education, the development of self-confidence and most of all the confidence he placed in us particularly the artists (who were always questioning themselves). It was in the years of the ... continue
Posted April 3, 2009 by
"How do you put the soap back in the dish?" and other short stories by Herb Elsky

“How do you put the soap back in the dish?” and other short stories by Herb Elsky

At a Los Angeles Dharma Art seminar 1980 Trungpa Rinpoche presented teachings about the connection between art and meditation practice.  After the talk there was the question and answer period. One woman raised her hand and said that she was a computer programmer but that what ... continue
Posted April 3, 2009 by
Chogyam Trungpa reads Trungpa the Poet

Chogyam Trungpa reads Trungpa the Poet – HIGHLIGHT

In this recording, taken from the Audio Archives of Naropa University, the Vidyadhara reads few of his poems, accompanied by David Rome.  Each poem is introduced by him. The reading includes poetry written in English, as well as his poetry written in Tibetan and translated into ... continue
Posted April 3, 2009 by Jessica Sarapoff
Father Death Blues by Allen Ginsberg

Father Death Blues by Allen Ginsberg – HIGHLIGHT

Allen Ginsberg sings “Father Death Blues,” a poem originally written at his father’s death. Now more than twenty years after Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s passing into parinirvana, it can also be read as a vibrant, truthful, extremely touching and beautiful hommage to Trungpa Rinpoche. This video comes ... continue
Posted April 2, 2009 by Jessica Sarapoff
Conversations With My Son

Conversations With My Son

Conversations With My Son By Mushim Ikeda Nash Mushim Ikeda Nash is a writer and Zen practitioner, community peace activist and member of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, diversity facilitator for Bay Area Buddhist Groups and Naropa University, and mother of a teenage son. In the following essay ... continue
Posted March 26, 2009 by
El moco de Clara

El moco de Clara – HIGHLIGHT

Llegué a Shambhala cerca de doce años atrás, cuando el Centro de Santiago era un departamento pequeño y un poco fantasma y había que “pedir hora” para recibir la instrucción de meditación. Llegué porque no podía dormir; apagaba la luz y mi cabeza no paraba de ... continue
Posted March 19, 2009 by
Clara's Booger

Clara’s Booger

I arrived in Shambhala 12 years ago when the Santiago Shambhala Center was a very small and ghostly apartment and when it was necessary to “ask for a date” in order to receive initial meditation instruction. I wanted the instruction to help me sleep better because ... continue
Posted March 19, 2009 by
Dharma Music Blooms in America

Dharma Music Blooms in America – HIGHLIGHT

Buddhism has been intertwined with song from its beginnings. Some of the earliest female and male disciples of the Buddha wrote songs and poems about their experiences as new renunciants. As in the Homeric tradition, these songs and poems were sung or recited, memorized and passed ... continue
Posted March 7, 2009 by Ravenna

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