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Allen Ginsberg

Postby VeganLiz » Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:55 am

I was given a list of people in my beat literature class to write about...and Allen Ginsberg was on that list. The essay question asks about Ginsberg's involvement with Buddhism!!!!

Personally I don't know that much about him so I was wondering if maybe you guys had read anything of his that mentions Buddhism. I was going to write about Jack Kerouac but I this was the only one tied to Buddhism so I thought I would have the most fun writing this one.

Any Ginsberg fans around here?
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Re: Allen Ginsberg

Postby zavk » Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:12 am

Hi VeganLiz

I'm not well-versed in Ginsberg as such. But you should easily find resources on the web and certainly in your university library on the 'Beat Generation'. There is this book on the Beat Generation and Buddhism: http://www.amazon.com/Big-Sky-Mind-Budd ... 1573225010

You'll find that the 'Buddhism' they engaged with is quite different from the one discussed on this forum.

(James Franco is awesome as Ginsberg in the film!)
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Postby VeganLiz » Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:15 am

He certainly is an interesting guy as far as I can tell.

His Sunflower Sutra is quite lovely.

http://www.boppin.com/sunflower.html
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Postby VeganLiz » Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:16 am

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Postby zavk » Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:21 am

Oh and any of those many books on the cultural history of Buddhism in America will invariably mention the Beats and Buddhism. So you should have plenty of resources for your essay.
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Re: Allen Ginsberg

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Re: Allen Ginsberg

Postby Justsit » Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:30 am

Ginzberg was a good friend of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (check out the . Lots of interesting info at the Chronicles of Chogyam Trungpa website as well.
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Postby zavk » Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:36 am

I suppose anyone who has ever felt inspired but the countercultural ethos of the 50s-60s would have flirted with them to some degree or another. The impact on popular culture worldwide is quite significant, I reckon. Even if they are not widely read now, the were part of a post-WWII era which contributed to the emergence of 'youth culture'.

Oh mike: I saw Patti Smith three of four years ago. My goodness... the atmosphere at the gig was amazing, almost like some kind of religious experience!
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Postby alan » Fri Feb 25, 2011 5:10 am

I grew up in the SF bay area and was influenced by this stuff, albeit a generation later.
As part of my obligatory wandering soul days, I spent time in my motor home in Big Sur, California, where Kerouac went to find spirituality, and other artists gather to be cool. But there was nothing to satisfy my quest.
Allen Ginsburg wrote one famous poem, and it had nothing to do with Buddhism. The "Beats" were more about social and sexual freedom. Their attitude and approach did have a significant impact on society, but let's not deify them.

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Re: Allen Ginsberg

Postby PeterB » Fri Feb 25, 2011 7:45 am

My own involvement with Dhamma started with Keruoac's "Dharma Bums ".....It didnt stop there though, that was kindergarten.

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Postby Ben » Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:58 am

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Re: Allen Ginsberg

Postby sattva » Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:00 pm

You might find something interesting here:

http://www.tricycle.com/search/node/ginsberg


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