Dalai Lama in Nottingham
  • Tibetan Prayer Wheel

    His Holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama is currently visiting Nottingham, UK. Whilst only having opportunity to experience the opening weekend’s talks, I was driven to much contemplation. In celebration of His Holiness’ visit to the UK, I’m working quickly to get my 1992, Tibet-inspired collection of spoken poetry and music, Winds of Karma,  re-released with a new title, material and booklet.

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    Star Vajra

    lost in counting constellations
    awake to the suffering of space’s inhabitants
    i rise to the dark thunder

    star vajra lightning

    making its splinter mark upon me
    whispering the secrets of a vanishing world
    between the pieces of wisdom

    sewn into my being.

    lost in the words of His Holiness
    taken to the summit of a distant mountain
    i rise to the stark wonder

    of star vajra lightning

    taking its tantra to my heart
    turning crystal and diamond and stupa sharp
    i rise to the ark

    of a star vajra rainbow.

    lost in the twisting maze, made of all my actions
    trying to escape the echoes of all my ways
    i rise to see the mark upon me

    star vajra lightning

    embroided into my being, an endless knot
    breathing with the interconnectedness
    of all beings

    freeing my consciousness

    to drift amid a million constellations
    awake to the breaking of existence’s bonds
    i take the long exposure

    of star vajra lightning

    like a pulsar
    flashing
    in the heart of the universe.


About The Author

Sean Woodward is a British artist, writer and musician who stands at the crossroads between technology and the arts, between the supernatural and the mundane, the light and the dark. His art is collected internationally and his essays and fiction have been published in a number of newsstand, limited and digital editions.

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