Thursday, May 13, 2010

Zen Monster #2 at the BPC

Saturday, May 15th

Bowery Poetry Club 308 Bowery

b/t Houston and Bleecker 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Admission is free -- copies of ZEN MONSTER #2 will be on sale for $10.

ZEN MONSTER's credo reads, "poetry, fiction, art & subversive political commentary" by buddhist, non-buddhist and trans-buddhist poets -- "no inherent limits." The buddhist connexion is mainly like the Ginsberg-Kerouac-Waldman- Whalen-Snyder variety, easy connectivity, multi-disciplinary, non-hierarchical, all-welcoming.


Brian Unger, Anna Moschovakis, Barbara Henning, Bill Berkson, Bill Kushner

Charles Thorne, Kristin Prevallet, Lewis Warsh, Anne Waldman,

Edward Foster, Murat Nemet-Nejat, John High, Kara Levy, Andrea Libin,

Douglas Elsass, David Henderson and Edgar Oliver

Monday, May 10, 2010

Daddy Longlegs at the IFC Center May 14th-20th

Daddy Longlegs

May 14th-20th

IFC Center NYC

323 Sixth Ave at West Third Street

Directed by Josh and Benny Safdie

Starring Ronald Bronstein, Sage and Frey Ranaldo

Tonight: Anne Waldman, Ambrose Bye, Akilah Oliver, Tyler Burba


“Fast Speaking Music”

Poetry & music & song

With special guests Akilah Oliver & Tyler Burba

at LOCAL 269

269 East Houston Street (Suffolk & Houston)

Monday, May 10th

8 PM


Anne Waldman: poet, performer, professor, editor and cultural activist-- is the author of over forty books of poetry, including the recent book-length hybrid poem Manatee/Humanity published by Penguin Poets in 2009, and the editor and co-editor of numerous anthologies, including Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action, and Beats at Naropa (2009), both published by Coffee House Press. Her celebrated books include the classic Fast Speaking Woman published by City Lights, and now in editions in French, Italian and Czech, First Baby Poems, Marriage: A Sentence, and the 800 page epic Iovis, among many others. She is the co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the renowned Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado where she is Chair and Artistic Director of The Summer Writing program. Waldman is known for her riveting performances and has performed on stages across the globe, from Mumbai to Beijing, from Berlin to the Prague, from Madrid to Nicaragua. She has recorded 3 CDs with her son- musician and composer- Ambrose Bye: In The Room of Never Grieve, Eye of The Falcon and Matching Half (with Akilah Oliver, produced by Farfalla, MacMillan & Parrish, 2008).

Ambrose Bye: musician (piano/keyboard, guitar, voice) and composer, grew up in the environment of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. He graduated from The University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in music/sociology and was certified at the music /production program at the Pyramind Institute in San Francisco. He has performed on stage a number of times, accompanying poets and performers at New York’s Issue Project Room, The Poetry Project, The Bowery Poetry Club, KGB Bar, at The Boulder Theatre’s “Music and Poetry for Progressives” headlined by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Naropa University, The New School, White Columns Gallery, and San Francisco’s Meridian Gallery. He is in production with his next CD,. His music accompanies the video “The Wake- Up Call of a Poet” , produced by the Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation, the Netherlands and was broadcast over Dutch TV in December, 2009 See “Fast Speaking Music” on My Space.

Akilah Oliver: poet, performer, professor, is the author of the she said dialogues: flesh memory, a book of experimental prose-poetry. Her chapbooks include a (August), The Putterer’s Notebook, and An Arriving Guard of Angels, Thusly Coming to Greet which was published by Farfalla in a text-and-performance CD edition. She is on the guest faculty at The Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University, where she has taught classes on the Black Arts Movement. She was also on the faculty of the Creative Writing department at Long Island University and was curator of the Monday Night series at the Poetry Project in NYC. She is a former member of The Sacred Naked Nature Girls, which performed out of LA in the 1990s. She currently makes her home in Brooklyn, NY. Her most recent book is A TOAST IN THE HOUSE OF FRIENDS, is from Coffee House Press, 2009. She has performed recently in Paris, Prague and Berlin and at the AWP conference in Denver.

Tyler Burba: poet, songwriter, composer, guitarist, is one of the geniuses behind ”VISIT” and “SNOWBOOTS”. He is an active performer and mysterious presence in the psychedelic folk genre. He is a graduate of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics., and has performed extensively with Anne Waldman & Akilah Oliver.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Practice of Chenrezi (Taught by Lama Yeshe Palmo)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 6:30

& Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 9:30

KDK Buddhist Center (at The Culture Center)

410 Columbus Ave., between 79/80th Streets

New York, NY

Note: There will be special teachings for the next several sessions. They will be on learning to do The Practice of Chenrezi, the Compassion of All the Buddhas Combined. This usually happens only every few of years, so please make it if you can. Om Mani Peme Hung!

Lama Yeshe Palmo has been a student of Kalu Rinpoche and Lama Norlha Rinpoche since the early ‘80s, when she was a naturalist and folklorist. She received her ordination from HE Tai Situ Rinpoche in 1996, and subsequently entered the traditional Three-Year Retreat at Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery. After its completion, she entered the retreat for a second time. Since the conclusion of her second retreat, she has since been the main caretaker of Niguling (women’s retreat).

Join us in our wonderful space for traditional Dharma Meditation/ Teaching/Chenrezi Practice with an Ordained Lama, under the guidance of Lama Norlha Rinpoche.


Teachings & instructions are in English, chanting is in Tibetan (with English transliteration to read).

(Times subject to change at the Lama's discretion due to the special teaching)

6:30pm~7:15pm - Shamatha / Shinay Meditation Instructions (Beginners welcome)
7:15pm~8:00pm - Buddhist Teaching by Lama
8:00pm~9:00pm - Chenrezi Practice / Chanting Puja, you can chant along, silently read the translation, just listen or meditate.

Donation is: $10; Members & Students: $5