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Lions Roar : November 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2006 86 Boulder to try a summer school, like a big smorgasbord festival, everybody all mixed up, and instead of a hundred or two hun- dred people we had about twelve hundred people registering. So there was this enormous dharma culture explosion that took place, and af- ter the summer was over, Trungpa sat at a round table with myself and Cage and Waldman and Diane di Prima asking us to take part in founding a poetics school. So we took that responsibility, particularly Anne Waldman, and that was a whole ed- ucation in itself. Trungpa’s conception was that there were many varieties of practices for a kind of international tantra or inter- national Mahayana that could be adapted to an American style of Buddhism based on the Tibetan insights. It would make use of the American genius for certain things, which he saw in poetry particularly, and to some extent in painting and music, to transform those or alchemize those, paint them gold. That was his particular genius as a teacher, and as a teacher of teachers. The next interesting encounter—I’m trying to remember the pith exchanges that we had—was in 1976, when Vajradhatu decided to buy a building in Boulder. He gathered the whole sangha together to give a big lecture about how we are now citi- zens of America, we’re establishing Bud- dhism in America, and we have to have property, and we shouldn’t be cultivating what he called Ginsberg resentments. I was up in the balcony. Ginsberg re- sentment, what is he talking about? I remember I resented it terribly. After it was all over, I went down ’cause I didn’t really have any objection to his buying a building, I had property of my own al- ready, and I said, “Ginsberg resentment is Mukpo dumbness”—Mukpo is his fam- ily name—and he said, “Oh, I thought dumbness was a sign of genius in your vocabulary.” Which was true. In the little vocabulary that Kerouac and I had, we would talk about dumb Harpo Marx saints, and I realized at the moment that I was resentful, and I realized what a well of resentment I had within me. He had pointed out that one specific thing that I really had to work with. Inspire your practice YZ Enrich your life CHAGDUD GONPA FOUNDATION’S EXQUISITE TANGKAS, STATUES, PRAYER FLAGS, and MUCH MORE Call toll free (877) 479-6129, or (530) 623-3706 for a free color catalog. www.tibetantreasures.com