Sunday, October 30, 2016

Next Meditation and Writing Group Meets on Novembr 5, 2016



[Photo of Meditation and Poetry Group in the Shelburne Falls, MA Shambhala Meditation Center]


We will be meeting again on the first Saturday of the month, November 5, 2016. I'd like to focus this session on themes of impermanence whether seasonal, personal, or momentary. There is a rich body of work from around the world to draw inspiration from.
Among the most famous is Issa's written upon the death of his infant daughter-- 

The world of dew
is the world of dew
And yet, and yet...

To read an interesting article on him visit this essay in Psychology Today



Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Ten Thousand Things by David Budville (1940-2016)


The ten thousand changes follow each other
away–so why shouldn’t living be hard?
And everyone dies. It’s always been true,
I know, but thinking of it still leaves me
grief-torn. How can I reach my feelings?
a little thick wine, and I’m soon pleased
enough. A thousand years may be beyond me,
but I can turn this morning into forever.
Yet T’ao Ch’ien knows also that by noon forever will be gone.

Reprinted from David Budbill's essay and here


Monday, October 24, 2016

Gesar of Ling Excerpt from You Tube





Tibet’s great national literary treasure, the epic of Gesar, is the equivalent of the Iliad or the Odyssey in the West. It arose out of a comparable oral tradition, beginning in the eleventh century, and is now considered the longest single work in the world literary canon. King Gesar’s exploits are full of magic and high adventure, and are also models of Buddhist teaching: Gesar came to be widely regarded as an embodiment of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara or of Padmasambhava, the figure who brought Buddhism to Tibet. His bravery and heroism demonstrate how the best human qualities, such as loyalty, compassion, and virtue, ultimately triumph over evil, deception, and self-interest. This long-awaited translation of the first three volumes of the vast work is a landmark in the transmission of Tibetan Buddhist culture to the West.--Reprinted from Shambhala Publications

To read Translator Robin Kornman on Gesar of Ling, visit a previous post here on Poetrymind 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Thin Line

For David Hernandez
A grandfather whose kindness I can never repay

The fires are lit to stave
Off first hoarfrost
The harvest in
With its scent of rot mingled
Amid sweetness
Overhead winged
Cry out in joyful unison
On their way home

Below crickets trill
Las Abuelas begin the story
Stitching us to the tapestry
Weaving our fate
Into the fragile web
Gossamer threads between
Being and non-being
Betwixt between
The thin line of here
And over there
Outside time
The fires are lit
For love and
Heart’s desire
Before extinquished
In final glory
And all is well


October 19, 2016
Tsegyalgar East

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

POETRYMIND Poets to Read in Easthampton, October 13, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 PM


Poetrymind poets will read work in Easthampton in the gallery exhibiting Sheryl Jaffe's show, BASHO'S POND



WHERE: Easthampton Arts Walk

Mill 180 Park, Easthampton 413-527-0311

180 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA 01022



WHEN: October 13, 2016 6:00-8:00 PM

Poetrymind Readers meet once a month in Shelburne Falls 
for a meditation and writing group

Joe Arak has been writing poems on the back of envelopes, cereal boxes and in notebooks with unnumbered pages for many years. He currently runs a marketing business based in Amherst, meditates at Shambhala Center in Northampton, and looks for poetry wherever his mind takes him.

Terry Carter - I am a visual/performance artist, and made up my first poem around six. My mother wrote it down as I dictated. As a young adult I did extensive traveling throughout the U.S creating images & prose in my sketch book as I traveled and experienced the world. During that period I attended a couple semesters at Naropa Institute in Boulder Colorado. It was at Naropa I got first hand exposure , often sitting in on the readings of such great Beat Poets as Diane DiPrima, William Burroughs , and Allen Ginsberg . In resuming my love of prose I've attended classes & workshops taught by regional poets including Verandah Porche, and Jacqueline Gens. In my later work I often attempt addressing political merged with personal , and contemporary social issues.

Jacqueline Gens is the co-founder of the New England College MFA program in poetry, the first poetry only MFA program in the US, which she co-directed for a decade. For many years she worked for the late poet Allen Ginsberg and at the Naropa University. Now retired she conducts meditation and writing workshops and is an avid blogger at Poetrymind in addition to overseeing the Khandroling Paper Cooperative, a unique artist collaborative emphasizing contemplative arts affiliated with the Dzogchen Community located in Western Massachusetts..

Kichung Lizee
is a Korean-born American artist and Buddhist practitioner who uniquely blends Eastern calligraphy and Western thematic materials. She has taught and exhibited internationally and curated many exhibits bringing together Eastern calligraphers and Western artists. She was honored with a special award in 2008 at the Seoul International Calligraphy Biennale, Korea, and has been a featured artist at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA, the Jordan Schnitzler Museum of Art, Eugene, OR, and the Turchin Center for Visual Arts, Boone, NC. She makes her home in Western Mass.

Other readers include Barbara Paparazzo and Jim Bauerlein.


Join us for a frog's view of Basho's Pond and sound of Haiku and other poems for a lively evening. 

Mill 180 Park is an indoor hydroponic park, one of Easthampton's newest venues with hydroponic plants, exhibit space, a restaurant bar, and open green areas for kids and adults.






SOME of Sheryl's imagery in the Gallery Photos by Kathleen Mulligan and Naomi Zeitz