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Lions Roar : March 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN MARCH 2009 68 For 30 Years the Best of Buddhism in America: Memoir Spiritual practice demands openness, honesty, and self-awareness, precisely the qualities of outstanding first-person writing. Marking our 30th anniversary, we offer this selection of original personal stories from the pages of the Shambhala Sun. Vomit of a Mad Tyger Allen Ginsberg opens his spiritual auto– biography entitled “Vomit of a Mad Tyger” with this description of his first mystical experiences We’LL BeGIN at the beginning, because what I’d like to do is trace what spiritual inklings I had that led to interest in Tibetan Buddhism and guru relationship. I was in love with a high school fellow who went off to Columbia College when he graduated a half-term before me in Central High School in Patterson, New Jersey. So I decided to go to Columbia College instead of Montclair State Teach- ers College, where all of my family had gone. Out of some kind of devotion I broke away from the traditional pattern of my family but I didn’t have money, so I had to take a schol- arship entrance exam. On the ferry between Hoboken and NewYorkIgotdownonmykneesandmadeavowthatifI were admitted to Columbia, I would do everything I could to PHOTOBYMYLeSARONOWITz