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Apr 11
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Poetry Space – Shambhala Day Poetry Contest Runners Up

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April is National Poetry Month here in the U.S., and given the confusing state of public discourse recently, I’m reminded of the words of poet William Carlos Williams who wrote, in part…

“It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there.”

So, somewhat late, here are the runners-up from this year’s Shambhala Day Poetry Contest. The theme of the contest was “A Fresh Start.”


 

May these words provide one- may they be of benefit.

Only two things you need when you go,
If you would explore. First say, “I don’t know.”
That’s for direction. For fuel, use heart.
Again and again. Each time a fresh start.

— Andrei Foldes, from the New York Dharmadhatu.

 


 

Impermanence

I will breathe my last breath
Yet I know it will not be my last
For there was truly never a first
As a cloud is never only a cloud

— Steven Lango

 


 

I forgot who I was,
until I turned to the water, there I am reminded.
Witnessing buoyant sparkles floating, reflecting,
from meeting the sun.

— Josée-Ann Cloutier, Halifax Shambhala Center

 

Entries filed under Arts and Poetry


First Annual Midwinter Haiku Contest

First Annual Midwinter Haiku Contest – HIGHLIGHT

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The Last Breath of Summer

The Last Breath of Summer – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted September 12, 2014 by
Everything is Better...with a Friend

Everything is Better…with a Friend – HIGHLIGHT

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Landscape as Sacred Map

Landscape as Sacred Map – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted September 3, 2014 by
Making Music Mindfully

Making Music Mindfully – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Celebrating the Arts Intercultural Improvisation with the OMG by Alex W. Rodriguez, Los Angeles Since taking up the trumpet at age ten — and the trombone two years later — my life as a musician has taken some interesting turns. None of them, however, has been as exciting ... continue
Posted August 30, 2014 by
Listening in Color

Listening in Color – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Celebrating the Arts article and painting by Christine Labich, Western Massachusetts The inspiration arrived on a late afternoon in October. The New England hardwoods were blazing against a blue sky, and I was standing on the muddy bank of a small brook. Decaying leaves pushed up against ... continue
Posted August 23, 2014 by
"This time, Just Enjoy!"

“This time, Just Enjoy!” – HIGHLIGHT

Relaxation and the Practice of Ikebana article by Pam Rubin photos by Liza Matthews Watanabe Sensei turned ninety this past year, and after a four-year absence from her annual visits, Kalapa Ikebana invited her to visit Halifax again, without any expectations. Soon the good news spread: Sensei would ... continue
Posted July 18, 2014 by
Come, Come and Dance…

Come, Come and Dance… – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Poetry Space Coordinator’s Note, from Jeff Fink: One afternoon, in the lower living room at Karme Choling, I picked up a book that had been left on the coffee table; it was Smile of the Tiger, the first of the Sakyong’s books of poetry. With some ... continue
Posted July 7, 2014 by
Lessons Learned from Being Underwater

Lessons Learned from Being Underwater – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted June 16, 2014 by
Meditation and Irony

Meditation and Irony – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Celebrating the Arts by Michelle Welch, Phoenix I’m a writer, for those who don’t already know. There’s a big dichotomy between being a writer and being a meditator, namely that writing requires you to be stuck in your head, conceptualizing everything, nearly all the time. continue
Posted June 9, 2014 by
Reopening: Poems for Spring

Reopening: Poems for Spring – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted May 28, 2014 by
Eyes of the Heart

Eyes of the Heart – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Celebrating the Arts When It’s Time to Go on Retreat article by Jude Robison I unroll a long piece of paper on the grass. Next, making marks with a found-object brush, moving my body along with the brush, then moving my body without the brush, I conclude by ... continue
Posted May 24, 2014 by
Dreamers and Their Shadows

Dreamers and Their Shadows – HIGHLIGHT

A Book Review of a New Book by Douglas Penick originally published on The Chronicle Project review by John Sell In the bombed-out wreckage of post-war Tokyo, a safe is discovered that contains several scrolls within a gorgeous antique lacquer box. They chronicle the strange trajectory of the Prince ... continue
Posted April 20, 2014 by
Even If You Hide

Even If You Hide – HIGHLIGHT

New Work from the Sangha COLUMN: Poetry Space It’s been some time since we featured new work from our readers, so we’re really excited about the poems we received in the most recent set of submissions – so much so that we’re breaking our favorites into two sets ... continue
Posted April 18, 2014 by
What is Miksang Really?

What is Miksang Really? – HIGHLIGHT

Miksang image by April SiegfriedInvestigating Contemplative Photography article by Julie DuBose, Director of Miksang Institute photos by students of the Miksang Institute There are many people these days that feel a connection to contemplative photography, and it can be confusing and difficult for the aspiring contemplative photographer to clarify ... continue
Posted April 7, 2014 by

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