Monday, January 04, 2016

In the Shadow of Cold Mountain Published in Levekunst: The Art of Living


Erik Pema Kunsang and Tara Trinley Wangmo new Ezine Levekunst: The Art of Life published my sequence of poems inspired by Han Shan (Cold Mountain).

Windhorse is the energy of the present moment, which contains this force because it is the only time we can feel basic goodness. —Sakyong Mipham.

When I read these profound words by my first teacher Chögyam Trungpa’s son while in the midst of a winter depression, like a key opening my mind, the following poems poured forth and the fog was lifted. This work is inspired by Hánshān; literally: “Cold Mountain”, fl. 9th century, who was a legendary figure associated with a collection of poems from the Chinese Tang Dynasty in the Taoist and Chan tradition. A thousand years later his poems are as fresh and relevant as though written yesterday. Cold Mountain is neither here nor there but everywhere.


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