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Lions Roar : November 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2006 87 IN 1978 I HAD my picture on the front page of the magazine section of the Den- ver paper, and we ran into each other and he said, “Oh, I saw your picture in the pa- per, are you proud?” And I thought that was a baited question, but I didn’t know quite how to answer, but I said, “Well, the word never entered my mind,” and he said, “Well, you should be proud, you’ve worked very hard, you’ve worked for a very long time, you’ve done something, you should take pride in it. Be doubtless. Go ahead and do it, and not be hesitant about what you’re doing as a poet, or teaching poetry, or reciting poetry.” That was a kind of funny pat on the back or encouragement to take myself seriously as a poet, or take the poetry seriously if not myself, to take the function or role of poet—as he would define it in Shambhala Training—as a kind of warriorship where you do face the phenomenal world and make your proclamation into that space. He had all sorts of ideas of poetics that interested me, partly in the Shambhala tradition, such as the notion of speech, or sambhogakaya, uniting heaven and earth, as in the traditional Taoist view that the emper- or unites heaven and earth. That is, speech unites the impalpable heaven—mind, thoughts—with the physiological body- breath. So the body provides the palpable breath, the mind provides the impalpable thoughts, and the speech unifies them. His phrase would be, speech synchro- nizes—proper speech synchronizes body and mind. He saw poetry as proclama- tion from the seat, from your seat or from your zafu or from your throne or from your chair as teacher, or from you chair as meditator or your chair as a human being or a Vajrayana student. Poetry as unhesitating and doubtless proclamation. Proclamation of what? Proclamation of the actual mind, mani- festing your mind, writing the mind, which goes back to Kerouac but also goes back to Milarepa, goes back to his original instructions: Don’t you trust your own mind? Why do you need a piece of paper? So writing could be seen as “writing your mind.” In other words, you don’t have to make anything up, you don’t have See the trailers at www.festivalmedia.org Available at booksellers or visit www.ibff.org Rare footage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche “Compelling . . . ”–Hollywood Reporter Trulshik Rinpoche leads the secret Mani Rimdu festival, filmed on location in the Everest region of Nepal “Enriches our knowledge.”–SF Chronicle FIRST TIME ON DVD TWO CLASSIC BUDDHIST FILMS Compassion In Exile Peace Is Every Step ★ RECENT TITLES ★