Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) was an American Beat poet and a practicing Buddhist. He and poet Anne Waldman started The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado in 1974.

Magazine Arts & Culture

On Cremation of Chogyam Trungpa, Vidyadhara*

I noticed the grass, I noticed the hills, I noticed the highways, I noticed the dirt road, I noticed car rows in the parking lot I noticed ticket takers, I noticed the cash and checks & credit cards, I noticed buses, noticed mourners, I noticed their children in red dresses, I noticed the entrance sign, […]

By Allen Ginsberg

Magazine History & Philosophy

“Letter to the Wall Street Journal,” 1966

Every American wants MORE MORE of the world and why not, you only live once. But the mistake made in America is persons accumulate more more dead matter, machinery, possessions & rugs & fact information at the expense of what really counts as more: feeling, good feeling, sex feeling, tenderness feeling, mutual feeling. You own […]

By Allen Ginsberg
black and white photograph of jack kerouac

Magazine Arts & Culture

Negative Capability: Kerouac’s Buddhist Ethic

Jack Kerouac’s interest in Buddhism began after he spent some time with Neal Cassady, who had taken on an interest in the local California variety of New Age spiritualism, particularly the work of Edgar Cayce. Kerouac mocked Cassady as a sort of homemade American “Billy Sunday with a suit” for praising Cayce, who went into […]

By Allen Ginsberg
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