okay (audio-lecture on meditation and poetry)


if you can be patient. if you can be patient.
you will have a trick that you can take home
und use for the rest of your life also. (amusement in the audience)
the subject is meditation and poetry. okay?
the subject is meditation and poetry. okay?


so, if we can sit a little bit forward on our seats.
hands on thighs. with the spine straight.
top of the head supporting heaven. not leaning back.
not slumping forward. but in the posture of being awake.
cause we are not escaping the world. so please leave your eyes open!
ah, in the first row especially! (bright laughter in the audience).
please open your eyes! okay?
ahh, something like stan brakhage cinema.


let the optical field rest where it is.
perhaps you will have some slight awareness
of the periphery of the optical field.


wake up to your mind. notice what you notice.
magic is the total appreciation of chance.
and catch yourself thinking. and catch yourself thinking.
take a friendly attitude towards your thoughts.
even if it involves sleeping with your mother.
just observe it. you don't have to do it.
you just have to observe it.
the subject is meditation and poetry. okay?
the subject is meditation and poetry. okay?
if you can be patient. if you can be patient.


so, ahh, mouth closed. eyeballs relaxed. ah, eyeballs relaxed.
eyeballs relaxed! belly relaxed and shoulders relaxed.
there is no nirvana, no accomplishment and no wisdom.
there is nothing to be gained. therefore you can all relax.
there is nothing to be learned. (amusement in the audience). okay?
there is nothing to be learned. okay? there is nothing to be learned.
the subject is meditation and poetry. and catch yourself thinking.
the subject is meditation and poetry. and catch yourself thinking.

 

words: allen ginsberg & allen ginsberg quoting chögyam trungpa rinpoche.
taken from ginsberg's lecture "on meditation and poetry", vienna, filmmuseum,
held as part of his teaching sessions at the vienna poetry academy, september 1993.
music, textmontage & sampling: ide
© by alphabet media vienna 2002

 


 

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