Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Recap of our July 3 Meeting on Walking Meditation and Poems

Eight of us met on July 3 in Shelburne Falls for a relaxing yet stimulating day of literary and dharma gab mostly focused on walking meditation and the tradition of walking poems. [See previous post for details].

Here are a few more pictures of the day followed by Paula Swenson’s fine poem generated after her walking meditation on the Labrynth. Next month on August 1, we will meet at the Dickinson Homestead to visit both Emily’s house and the Evergreens next door in Amherst with old friend and colleague, Chard deNiord for some robust discussion followed by lunch. Chard is a marvelous scholar of Dickinson’s life and work. Our September 5 meeting (first Saturday of every month)  will return to our Guilford, VT location. A second cohort will begin to meet in Shelburne Falls the third Saturday of every month beginning on August 15.

The Labyrinth at St. Joseph’s Church

The names of the living and the dead

Etched on stones under the watchful eye of the steeple:

The mother of a colleague

The families of students, long forgotten

Clam Shell Alliance friends from Seabrook, where they built

the reactor anyway

The name of an almost forgotten friend,

 a Vietnam Veteran,

                                     who laid down on the railroad tracks
to protest
the movement of weapons in California
And lost his legs
Ferlingetti mentioned him in a poem
“Veterans with PTSD” etched on a nearby stone
and “Om Mani Padme Hum”
Om mani padme hum

Paula Swenson 

Later in the day, a few of us visited Khandroling in Buckland, MA to experience a demonstration of sacred dance in the tradition of Tibetan Dzogchen master, Choegyal Namkhai Norbu at the newly built “Vajra Mandala Hall” which houses a universal mandala.

[Photo by Sean Quinn, July 3, 2015]

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