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
    in the heart of the universe.

About The Author

Sean Woodward is a British artist, writer and musician. His art is collected internationally and his essays, fiction and poetry have been published in a number of international publications. He is the author of A Grammar of Spirits, Keys to the Hoodoo Kingdom, ARCHONIX, NECRONIX, Erzulie of the Deep, The Grimoire of ZAL and co-author of The Infernal Faces of Hekate. AEONIX and Keys to the Voudon Kingdom are forthcoming from zoshouse.com

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