Saturday, March 18, 2017

Khandroling Paper Cooperative and Shang Shung partner up to host Tashi Mannox May 2-8, 2017 in Conway, MA

Tashi Mannox and traditional Zen Enzo, 2016

Renowned calligrapher and artist Tashi Mannox will present an interactive workshop where participants bring their hand and heart of awareness while creating an ensō* and selected seed syllables**. Tashi will explain the historical and contemporary sacred integrity of Tibetan calligraphy and mark-making, and how to unite heaven and earth though the creative process of spiritual practice in art - as a means of liberating the mind.

The unique nature of this weekend workshop which is co-sponsored by Shang Shung Institute and Khandroling Paper Cooperative, is to realize the perfection in the imperfection, with an attitude of non expectation and fearlessness through creativity. Anybody can attend and does not need previous artistic experience as a calligrapher. 

Some paper, ink and brushes provided.

*an ensō is a disciplined-creative practice of traditional Japanese Zen ink painting, a circle that is hand-drawn in one uninhibited brushstroke to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create.

**Seed Syllables Link

Wrathful HUM by Tashi Mannox

Dormitory option at $30 a night in the Yellow Schoolhouse
***Some work exchanges may be possible for teacher care, set-up and clean-up, registration, Airport pick and departure for Tashi, and cooking.

Tsegyalgar East all events in the Yellow Schoolhouse
18 Schoolhouse Road
Conway, MA 01341

Friday Night, May 5th, 2017-- Book Signing and Reception-- 5:30-7:30 PM
On the evening of Friday, May 5th, a free public reception and book signing of Tashi’s new publication 'Sacred Scripts' - A Meditative Journey through Tibetan Calligraphy - illuminating the beauty of the various and endangered Tibetan scripts, through inspiring, if not thought provoking Buddhist quotes and Buddha images. Endorsed by H.H Dalai Lama. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017 --
Class 9:30 -12:30 PM (tea break)
Lunch Break 12:30 PM--1:30 PM (usually pot luck)
Class 1:30-5 PM (Tea Break)Dinner -Catered Tibetan style (donation requested) at the schoolhouse 

Optional: for those interested Khandroling Paper Cooperative will give a hands on introduction to papermaking after dinner.

Sunday, May 7, 2017
Same as Saturday through 5:00 PM
Dinner TBA local restaurant

SPECIAL EVENT: Monday, May 8, 2017
In the Khandroling Paper Studio with Tashi to make calligraphy PAPER using sacred texts and substances added to traditional Asian fibers. Limited to 6 people. This is a very special event. Please apply early. By donation. 

For further information about work exchanges and papermaking option contact, Jacqueline at or 413-522-1125

REGISTRATION: For more information or contact secretary @ or (413) 369-4928 for more information.

To reserve space in the Tsegyalgar East dormitory, contact Jeremy at

To view a slide show of Tsshi's 2015 workshop at co-sponsored by Shang Shung Institute and Khandroling Paper Cooperative, visit here.

For an interview with Tashi, visit the Mirror. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

My Annual Losar Poem : Year of the Fire Rooster/Bird

Original art by Ingmar Pema Dechen, 2017

Year of the Fire Rooster/Bird

Ever awake among the slumbering
Lively harbinger of whatever awaits
Each day no task too daunting
For just as the sun rises
You’re always ready for any occasion
Reliable, precise, and to the point
No poison too toxic nor lethal
For that bright display which cheers us on
O great Fire Bird who arises from ashes
To transport us beyond our limits
In shining iridescence to meet our purpose
We welcome your daily summons
Into the fray at day’s break

Jacqueline Gens
Tsegyalgar East
Dakini Day, 2.21.17

Please credit Jacqueline and Ingmar if you you forward their image and poem. They are currently collaborating on rendering all sixty animal/element combinations into illustrated/poems. To read more about this project called "The Mansion of Elements" visit here.  There you will also find poems from 2007 to the present. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Remembering Gelek Rimpoche (1939-2017)

A tender moment with Philip Glass, Gelek Rimpoche and Allen, 1989

Today,  I learned of Gelek Rimpoche's passing, a sad event for his many students and people whose lives he touched. Born in 1939, Gelek Rimpoche was one of the last of his generation to be educated traditionally--a rigorous training from early childhood. He proved an effective Teacher to Americans having many prominent students such as Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass, Richard Gere, and others. 

One day in 1989 when I had begun to work in the office of Allen Ginsberg, I remember well the first time I met Rimpoche and heard his unique voice (he favored the Rimpoche spelling as opposed to the more common Rinpoche) via a phone call he made asking to speak with Allen who was not in his office. He wanted to ask If Allen could be on his board of Jewel Heart or something official like that. I remember listing to him Allen's other dharma obligations. In any case,  he was quite engaging with very good English. Later I traveled a number of times with Allen to Ann Arbor, MI where Rimpoche at that time  gave weekly teachings in a small Gonpa above his garage. He was a marvelous master of Tsongkhapa's lineage and the lam rim  teachings.    Although,  I felt more drawn to the Dzogchen teaching, at the time, I really respected his methods and to this day employ his analytical meditation technique--which is extremely important as a base for one's understanding of the so called "nature of mind."

Gelek Rimpoche and Allen had a lot of fun. Often when Gelek Rimpoche stayed with Allen in his rather humble six floor walk-up apartment on East 12th Street, I would see them together while delivering Allen's mail. Gelek Rimpoche was especially fond of telling many ribald tales about the sexual practices of monks in Tibet which  Allen found amusing. They also shared a keen love of the daily news--Allen, the NYTimes and Gelek Rimpoche, CNN. 
I remember during the first Iraq war we were all watching George Bush Senior on CNN and Gelek Rimpoche saying that he (George Bush senior) had no idea of the karmic implications of his policies for America. 

My sincere regards to all of Gelek Rimpoche's many fine students who are among the most kind and generous dharma practitioners in America. The apple, as they say, does not fall far from the tree. To learn more about Gelek Rimpoche's teachings and Jewel Heart visit:

Jacqueline Gens and Gelek Rimpoche at Allen's kitchen table--
photo by Allen Ginsberg circa early 1990.s

Jacqueline Gens
February 15, 2017

*Photo taken with Allen Ginsberg's camera in Ann Arbor, MI 1989 by Gloria Boyajian

On Lion's Roar  you can read a series of articles by Gelek Rimpoche

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Join us for a Presentation of our HATCH Grant Conway Rags to Paper on February 11, 2017

Please join us for a celebration and presentations by HATCH grant Recipients

WHERE: Buckland Community Center on Main Street in Shelburne Falls, MA
DATE AND TIME: February 11, 2017, 5:30-7:00 PM
Refreshments provided, FREE but 5.00 donation requested
Papermaking is an ancient tradition that is an important base for the evolution of cultures world-wide. Before the advent of modern papermaking from trees, paper was made from natural fibers or rags.

As part of the upcoming Summer 2017 Town of Conway Aniversary, Tsegyalgar East will participate in the 250th Anniversary for the town of Conway in a number of events through Kahndroling Paper Cooeprative, Khaita Dance and Shang Shung Institute. For a full list of these events visit, here. 

Khandroling Paper Cooperative will give a public presentation on February 11, 2017 of its Conway Rags to Paper Project for which it received grants from the Greater Shelburne Falls Business Association and Massachusetts Cultural Council. 

The Conway Rags to Paper Project will collect, process, and beat in our Hollander beater cotton rags from Conway residents to create pulp which will then be used in making handmade paper specifically for the 250th anniversary of Conway. This paper will become the base to contain writing by participants and artist members related to the history, stories and personal connection to the town of Conway, which will then be mounted in a variety of formats (ex: scrolls, mural, and folding books,) using various printing methods (stamping, stencil, calligraphy, printing) for exhibition during the three-day anniversary.

In our presentation we will bring examples of our handmade paper and text. Please join us for a fun and informative event!



Saturday, February 04, 2017

Walking the Plank of Uncertainty

I stepped from Plank to Plank 
A slow and cautious way 
The stars about my Head I felt 
About my Feet the Sea 
                                                      -Emily Dickinson 

Friday, February 03, 2017

Our Next Poetrymind Meditation and Poetry Meeting on February 4, 2017

Poetrymind monthly writing group participants meditating in the Shelburne Falls Shambhala shrine room

For the past two months in December and January we met at our local co-op and the Shambhala Center when available. In January we spent considerable time in writing exercises following our usual meditation period. I came across this poem by David Budville
in "The Sun Magazine" (February 2017, p.15) which seemed topical.

The Emperor
His bullies
And henchmen
Terrorize the world
Every day

Which is why
Every day

We need

A little poem of kindness

A small song of peace

A brief moment of joy

Poets are responding big time to the present climate of dissent. Here is Huffington Post's list of 18 Compassionate Poems to help You Weather Uncertain Times --just a taste of engaged writers in response online. 

Monday, January 02, 2017

My Annual Losar Poem in the works for February 27-March 1, 2017 Tibetan New Year

A preview of our annual Losar poem/image collaboration for 2017 
with original painting by Ingmar Pema Dechen, a visionary artist of
the Dzogchen Community and member of the Khandroling Paper Cooperative.
Visit some of her art here online at:

the annual Losar poem is currently in progress.........