The Great Naropa Poetry Wars. Tom Clark.
The Great Naropa Poetry Wars
The Great Naropa Poetry Wars
The Great Naropa Poetry Wars

The Great Naropa Poetry Wars

ISBN: 0932274064
Santa Barbara, CA: Cadmus Editions, 1980. First Trade Softcover Edition. Softcover. “The ‘Jataka Tale,’ stories of the previous incarnations of the Shakyamuni Buddha, as men, women, animals, in the long climb of the Bodhisattva to Buddha, are usually considered simply folk stories. They are more than that, they are a philosophy of history. They always end, “Monks, the wicked hunter was Devadatta…Devadatta is the counter Buddha, sometimes considered his brother, who always goes about seeking whom he may devour with ignorance and trying to destroy the Buddha word. In some texts he is the actual leader of an anti-Buddha sect in the days of the historic Shakyamuni. He is always with us, spokesman for illusion. Many believe Chogyam Trungpa has unquestionably done more harm to Buddhism in the United States than any man living. He has identified the Buddha Word with a gospel of illusion. But he will pass, as Devadatta passes, always a failure, through the Jataka Tales. I do not believe in invoking the State, a deity of illusion, least of all against its own hallucinations. The CIA giveth, the CIA taketh away. But the powers that be would be well advised to deport Trungpa to his native land, where after due reprocessing he might be given a hoe and sent to a commune in Northwest Tibet. One Aleister Crowley was enough for the Twentieth century. No matter, all passes. The Buddha Dharma alone endures.” (Kenneth Rexroth, from Back Cover). A legendary non (stranger than) fiction work by Tom Clark (1941-2018), the great American poet, editor, novelist & biographer who is perhaps most exemplary of our category of "The Prolific & Underappreciated." The Naropa institute in Boulder, Colorado, & its Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, were founded by icons Allen Ginsberg & Anne Waldman; & the Tibetan Buddhist Lama Chogyam Trungpa. Clark's detailed account & supplemental appendix describes a major scandal & controversy involving Trungpa & the literary celebrities for whom he was their guru-leader. Evasively and hilariously categorized not as Fiction or Nonfiction but as “Polemic,” this still-controversial book is a study in journalistic integrity, in holding the barricades against the powerful and censorious. Limited First Trade Edition, an early softcover from Jeffrey Miller's esteemed Cadmus Editions. See our item No. 3741. Book in near fine-condition with minor shelf-wear to fine-edges; minor rubbing to front, back covers; small, since-folded bump-crease to top right-hand corner of front cover; corresponding tiny bump to top left-hand corner of back cover; slight browning/staining to front cover near bottommost fine-edge of same; small speck of what seems to be publisher’s correction tape on back cover in the middle of the above-quoted blurb on back cover, during the phrase: “…the helpless child [a] Ananda…”; a few tiny scattered spots to same. Near Fine. [Item #4704]

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