Structure of the World Compared to a Bubble

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The Stupa of Borobudur in Java is one of the architectural wonders of the world, designed as both a mandala and as an aid for the Buddhist pilgrim that can be read as a holy book. It has inspired Anne Waldman to create a work which is at once a walking meditation, a ?cultural intervention,? a ?recovery? of a sacred site, and a take on contemporary reality and how the busy ?monkey brain? (as it is called in Buddhism) works and travels. Exploratory and meditative, even playful at times, it expands the sense of ...

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Overview

The Stupa of Borobudur in Java is one of the architectural wonders of the world, designed as both a mandala and as an aid for the Buddhist pilgrim that can be read as a holy book. It has inspired Anne Waldman to create a work which is at once a walking meditation, a ?cultural intervention,? a ?recovery? of a sacred site, and a take on contemporary reality and how the busy ?monkey brain? (as it is called in Buddhism) works and travels. Exploratory and meditative, even playful at times, it expands the sense of invocation and incantation that Waldman is celebrated for, while also reflecting an engaged political/cultural awareness.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143034209
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Series: Poets, Penguin Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Waldman co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, where she still teaches. Her poetry collections include Iovis I, Iovis II, Fast Speaking Woman, Helping the Dreamer, and Kill or Cure. She is a recipient of the Shelley Memorial Award.

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Table of Contents

Four noble truths 1
Prologue (with 108 gongs) 4
Walking out of six styles of imprisonment 8
The hidden foot : Mahakarmavibhangga 38
Jataka Mala (garland of births) 50
The posture of her arms and hands 53
Mantra 56
The Avadanas : the narration 58
Steps of a bodhisattva 61
Discursive mind with gongs at dusk 75
Lalitavistara : or the unfolding of the play 80
Structure of the world compared to a bubble 83
Mudra 85
An aside on karma 89
Peregrinations of the Dakini 94
Diamond matrix world 96
Dedication of merit 98
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