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By Sheng Yen

This is often an inspiring consultant to the perform of Chan (Chinese Zen) within the phrases of 4 nice masters of that culture. It comprises teachings from modern masters Xuyun and Sheng Yen, and from Jiexian and Boshan of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). although the texts have been written over a interval of hundreds of thousands of years, they're all remarkably lucid and are ideal for newcomers in addition to extra complicated practitioners this present day. all of the details of religious perform are lined: philosophical foundations, tools, ways to difficulties and obstacles—all geared toward supporting the coed reach how one can enlightenment.

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The letters they wrote in their own hands, and letters they later dictated or parceled out to assistants—Whalen because of blindness, Ginsberg because of overcommitment—express their straightforward, tender wishes to visit or chat. ” As the letters tail off altogether, little archival notes continue to appear in Allen’s files: “Call PW,” “Spoke on . . ” Until a few months before his death, Ginsberg remained unstoppably on the road and did what he could to keep the friendship alive. There is no formal record of Allen’s calling or coming by during his last San Francisco visit in late 1996, though more than one resident of Hartford Street remembers him being there.

Despite his softer shape, Whalen was a strong man with remarkable endurance, and the athlete in Kerouac noticed this. ” Here, comrades collect wood for their stay. Real-life models Victor Wong, Lew Welch, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Philip Whalen took turns cutting logs. Whalen (“Ben Fagan”) was so at ease with the work that he kept his pipe in his mouth while he calmly chopped, very unlike the flashily energetic but inefficient character based on Neal Cassady. ”1 When, in that same book, Ben Fagan raises the question of emptiness with the Kerouac/Duluoz character, he reverts to the physical, almost for security.

In response, Allen prodded his old friend goodnaturedly, “ ‘Spiritual poetics’ was just my romantic title for whatever anyone does. ” Thus Whalen missed the inaugural summer session at Naropa, but by 1975 he’d seen his way clear to visiting, performing, and teaching there, and he continued to do so for the next twelve years. These one- to two-week Boulder visits opened a new period in Whalen and Ginsberg’s friendship. For one thing, it meant that they saw each other every year and had at least a little time to spend together at ease.

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