By Allen Ginsberg, Chögyam Trungpa
Here's a exact contribution to the sector of poetry: a brand new selection of works via America's best Buddhist meditation grasp, Chögyam Trungpa. those poems and songs—most of that have been written considering that his arrival within the usa in 1970—combine a heritage in classical Tibetan poetry with Trungpa's intuitive perception into the spirit of the USA, a spirit that's powerfully evoked in his use of colloquial metaphor and modern imagery. lots of the poems have been initially written in English—clearly the results of the author's personal perceptions of recent kinds and media provided to him by way of a special tradition. each one poem has its personal perception and tool, which come from a skillful mix of conventional Asian subtlety and precision mixed with a completely sleek vernacular. a number of of the author's calligraphies accompany the gathering.
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