Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Zen of Papermaking

My friend Claudia sent me Pat's poem about papermaking. Patricia Donegan is known for her Haiku. I first met her at Naropa Institute (now University) in the early 1980's.

Her poem here is evocative of how we approach the art of hand made paper at Khandroling Papermaking Cooperative and the magic of transformation with the ultimate goal of first stroke which reflects our mind. Here below the famous enzo. 


The zen monk
took his worn out robe
made it into a shirt to hoe peas

when it wore out, he made a hat
        to keep his bald head warm
the hat wore out, he Made a pouch
        for his calligraphy brush
when it wore out, he used it for a rag
        to wipe the floors of the temple
the rag wore out, he tore it into strips
        of cloth to bind a book of haiku
when it wore out, he cut it into a tiny
        button for his robe.

Can I be a Zen monk?
take Vanderbilt bluejeans, Halston caftans,
             Pierre Cardin ties, Brooks Brothers’ suits
strip   the cloth into rags
put them in a vat, boil down to pulp
& beat it into fine threads
make into sheets of paper
then take a brush, with one lightening swoop
of my hand, write a poem in black ink
on the blank pages!

                     Patricia Donegan

The best part beating the cooked fibers into a pulp

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Season's Greetings from Khandroling Paper Cooperative

Dear Friends of Khandroling Paper Cooperative---Here's wishing you a bright holiday with good cheer. As a gift to you we are launching the - 

 FREE Drawing Webinar on Dec. 28 at Noon EST


Looking Into Your Heart To Release Stress & Pain 

Come join us for relaxed drawing class taught by Margherita Lotus Crystal during the holiday season as we introduce her new INSTANT DRAWING FOUR WEEK online course-- a fundraiser for the Dzogchen Community.

HERE is the link to access the webinar: 

Margherita Crystal Lotus is a long time member of the Dzogchen Community at Tsegyalgar East and a founding member of the paper cooperative. She has written extensively on crystals and their use for healing, numerous publications including her most recent, a novel called the Color Game  She is offering this introductory free webinar prior to her series on INSTANT DRAWING-- You can view some of her videos on You Tube Here: 

Margherita holds an advanced degree in Physics and has some unique knowledge to impart relating to the fibonacci spiral and other natural wonders she uses in her drawing accessible to everyone. No previous artistic training is required. 

FOLLOWING THIS FREE WEBINAR IS AN ONLINE COURSE ON INSTANT DRAWING BASICS with 50% ($25) of the regular $50 course fee going directly to the Dzogchen Community. The Webinar above on December 28 will give you more details about the Four Week Course. 

In order to sign up for the INSTANT DRAWING COURSE  go to the links below to have the reduced price!  

First is the payment page Cost $50 (where 50% goes back to Dzogchen Community!) After payment, go to the the sign-up page to get into the DZ Community membership to access the course.

2. Signup page: ​

Please contact me if you have any questions or difficulty. 

Jacqueline Gens  and all of us here at Tsegyalgar East Khandroling Paper Cooperative!

Please visit our blog for the latest news at 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Update on our November Lantern Making Workshops

We almost cancelled when several people were a no show for our November 4th papermaking workshop for Lanterns, Instead, Sheryl, Amanda and myself made dozens of fine pieces of square paper each of us contributing a variety of old and newly beaten fibers. Amanda cooked up her wonderful rainbow corn stalks outside. Sheryl manifested her usual magic with layers of flax/kozo and

unique fibers like Siberian Iris (see backdrop above picture), and whatever else she had around her home studio. I cooked up my mitsumata which I will hand beat tomorrow when making new lantern paper. We also fulfilled our 2018 Swatch commitment with a variety of pulp including a red sateen bed sheet, Flax, Abaca and Kozo. Here it is in its wet sheet formation before pressing:

When it came time for the lantern origami workshop on November 18, again we almost canceled due to low enrollment but KPC members gathered together anyway to learn from Brenda our origami genius how to make the beautiful lantern above. Not the easiest fold but we practiced a lot with ordinary commercial origami papers before folding our own papers made on November 4 and ended up with some excellent results. 

I've been using my own personal lantern every day with the special timed LED tea light that is on for  8 hours, then off for 18 hours before going on again. I love the flickering quality that gives it an authentic feel, Here I have it on my Shambhala Ashe shrine:

More to come tomorrow!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Khandoling Paper Cooperative to Participate in 5th Annual Cheap Art Fair

Khandroling Paper Cooperative is pleased one again to be part of the 5th Annual 2016 CHEAP ART SHOW produced by Creative Community Connections (C3) on Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 3:00 -5:00 PM at the Polish American Club,  46 South Main St in South Deerfield, MA.

This is a one day show that celebrates financial accessibility to art and is based on the famous Bread and Puppet Cheap Art Manifesto and model. Come join us for a magical event. 

Name: 4th Annual Cheap Art Show
WherePolish American Club at 46 South Main St in South Deerfield.
Date: November 5, 2017

Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST


Event Description:

This exhibit is based on the Bread and Puppet Cheap Art Manifesto: “Art is FOOD. You can’t eat it but it FEEDS you. Art has to be CHEAP and available to EVERYBODY.” Local artists of all ages will sell a range of art and crafts for no more than $15 per piece. Free refreshments and cash bar.

Last year we participated and sold a number of our calligraphies on handmade paper. Please join us for this pre-holiday event. 

2016 KPC Cheap Art, Photo by Jacqueline Gens

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Free Origami Workshop with Brenda Lilly at the Marshall Field Library

Segment of a larger mural in the exhibit, 2017
at Marshal Field Library

Brenda Lilly will offer a free origami workshop at the Marshall Field Library  in Conway, MA as part of her exhibit there on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Two-day Workshop in Luminaires with Sheryl Jaffe and Brenda Lilly

Origami Lantern
Photo by Sheryl Jaffe

Khandroling Paper Cooperative located at 18 Schoolhouse Rd. in Conway, MA in the basement of the yellow schoolhouse invites you to join us for a pre-holiday 2-Day Workshop to make a variety of lanterns with your own handmade paper.

Saturday, November 4 - Part 1 (10:00 AM-5:00 PM) with Sheryl Jaffe to make your paper

Saturday, November 18 - Part 2 (10:00 AM-5:00 PM) with Brenda Lilly to make your lamps including an origami vase

In this two-day workshop you will learn how to make beautiful translucent papers with flecks of natural fibers. Then learn how to fold your paper into beautiful origami lanterns that can sit on your window and illuminate your evening with sunlight transformed.

Come and make paper to hold some light. A solar light in your window, make the paper from plants, bring the sun into your living room after dark. The solar lamp will offer warmth and inspiration for the way of light. The paper will hold it. Design your own with our guidance, for fun and light.

A members show on the theme of Light will be on view in the back foyer of the yellow schoolhouse from November 11-December 31, 2017. Opening reception TBA

For further information visit our blog at or call Jacqueline at 413-522-1125 to pre-register or write

Recommended donation $75 for both days or by donation according to your circumstances.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Khandroling Paper Cooperative Members Exhibit June 18-August 31, 2017

KPC Members exhibit of fine works on paper is now showing through August 31, 2017 during business hours in the back foyer gallery space of the Yellow Schoolhouse located at Tsegyalgar East, 18 Schoolhouse Road, Conway, MA. Many of the works are on sale to benefit the Dzogchen Community.

Amanda Pollock

1. Arya Sales Colophon.

Black Chinese powder ink and encre rose ink. Boji and hibiscus flower essences. Painted with peacock feather brushes. 

 President of the Wayward Girl motorcycle riding school is a hand made pen, ink and paper artist. This series of work was created with hand made peacock feather brushes, Conway Rags to Paper white linen paper and rhubarb dye with gem and flower essences and is inspired by the incredible journeys of Arya Sale, Yeshe Tsyogal, the Oracles of the Kalachakra and the teachings of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu.  Special thanks to Jacqueline Gens and KPC. SSI and the school of Tibetan Medicine, Khaita, the town of Conway and the Dzogchen Community.

Brenda Lilly

2. Water Lily

Lino Print on handmade paper

Creating art has been a part of my life as far back as I can remember, from drawing on my bedroom walls to taking watercolor classes at my local museum when I was 8 years old. I was fortunate enough to have an encouraging mother who saw something in me at an early age. Teaching art came naturally as I wanted everyone to experience art. The magic of Origami stung me when I became an art teacher 26 years ago. Throughout the years I have integrating art and origami, creating folded art that combines beautiful papers with the right fold. The Lotus Flower was taught to me by one of my closest origami influences, Bob Stack, a Conway/New York resident. He learned it from an 8-year-old Asian girl from New York. She learned it from someone else and passed it on, which happens quite often in origami; similar to the Paper Collaborative, where everyone is welcome to come and experience the art. It is a community event. Making and teaching art will be a part of my life forever!

Madeline Liebling

3. Hold it Together : HP (handmade paper), dryer lint, plant materials, thread
4. Audio Experiment: HP, old audiotapes
5. Sky Meadow Play: HP from cotton rag and plant materials

I was born into a family of artists and have made art all my life since I could hold a crayon. I have worked in the media of photography, silkscreen and fabric design, collage, assemblage, sculpture and drawing. 

I first made paper in 1984 when I studied with Lillian Bell in Los Angeles, CA. She taught a course on Handmade Paper from Plant Materials. That was the same year I began to practice and study Tibetan Buddhism. I have made paper as much as possible since then, and primarily used my papers for collage, as well as utilizing pulp for casting to create sculptural forms. I graduated from U Mass, Amherst in 1987 with a degree in Art Education. Many of my final sculpture projects for my studio art classes incorporated cast paper.

In 1989 I graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. with a MA degree in Clinical Art Therapy. Since then I have worked as an Art Therapist, and psychotherapist, and my own art making has taken somewhat of a back seat since. I was glad to recently find the Khandroling Papermaking Collective so I could reconnect with an old love!

From 1999-2004 I lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and was an active member of the Shambhala Buddhist Community there. While residing there, I taught several  papermaking classes at the Nova Scotia Center for Craft and Design, from 2001-2003. I have also taught photography, silkscreen, and Art Therapy techniques.

I currently live in Shelburne Falls, MA, and work at a community mental health agency in Greenfield, MA. 

Kichung Lizzee

6. Four Elements and Lotus Mantra

Ink wash on silk

In the mid 60's to study art I came to America for my college education from Korea. Among the many forms of Western art that I was introduced to, Abstract Expressionism interested me most. Currently I am in the process of synthesizing Eastern and Western approaches to art, to close the gap between East and West and to reach for universal creativity. As an artist I rely heavily on creative intuition.  Moving with changes in the stream of consciousness, my creative intuition somehow brings out the subconscious and super conscious through artistic expression. Art to me is an expression of an inner world and inner energies in the giving of SELF. It is the recreation of the world.  It brings invisible and inexpressible dimensions to the surface using elements of design.
In order to accomplish these purposes I find the brushes and papers of Eastern calligraphy most effective. The brushes and papers are unforgiving, challenging me to flow with the creative impulse and thereby convey the immediacy, spontaneity and close proximity of an intimate connection with NATURE.

Sheryl Jaffe

[60% of sales goes to Khandroling Paper Cooperative)

7.  The Frog Pond
Kozo, linen, iris, cotton and blue jean pulp and iris leaf with ink and wax

9.   Moonrise, sunset
      Monotype woodcut with stencils on kozo and linen paper

10. Listing in the Harbor
      Monotype woodcut on kozo and linen paper

11. Together
      Monotype woodcut with stencils on Kozo and horse radish paper  
12. Offering
     Monotype on linen and kozo paper

13. Breath
      Collagraph monotype on kozo, linen and iris paper

From harvesting plants to inking up the wood there is a continuous response, a call and response sort of dance. The thready fibers clinging together, the breezes in the trees, the memories of the waves. Attempting to become a unified whole. I try to incorporate the joy of papermaking, spontaneous sloshing around in the vat of water with the sobering permanence of ink and hand. Thank you for looking.

Ingmar  Pema Dechen

8. Visionary Works

These watercolor and ink pieces are mounted on gesso board and sealed with archival uv protection varnish.

For sale: $50 with 100% going to Khandroling Paper Cooperative

Painting whimsical visions, energy blessings and cartoons of dreams is my passion.  I paint them as invitations for viewers to use them as doorways into their own innermost nature.

Jacqueline Gens  

14. O Floating World/Here Now/Gone Tomorrow

For sale by Donation with 100% going to the Dzogchen Community

Original poem calligraphy on torn handmade papers with flower inclusions mounted on board. My inspiration as a poet and artist comes from three decades of Buddhist training and the notion of “First Thought, Best Thought coined by late Chogyam Trungpa and Allen Ginsberg as a sacred exploration in pure perception with trust in the process to carry us into luminous details of awakened mind/heart

Naomi Zeitz

15. Mandala

Encaustic collage with KPC paper mounted on board.

Naomi Zeitz studied art at RIT and received a BA in studio art from the College of St Rose in Albany NY where she focused on printmaking. In the last many years she has not been making much artwork but became re inspired by paper making through the Khandroling Paper Cooperative. 


Now in its 5th year, Khandroling Paper Cooperative offers a variety of workshops and open studios year-round in handmade paper and associated paper arts. As a community service, all our events are by donation.  For the latest news and events, please visit our blog:  For further information, contact Jacqueline at or 413-522-1125.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Next Summer Workshop MAKING SACRED PAPER July 18/19th, 2017

For the first time Khandroling Paper Cooperative will offer a sacred papermaking workshop during the Summer Celebration, July 18 and 19, 2017 for practitioners to make handmade paper with recycled precious texts and numerous sacred substances we have collected over the years. To read more about the Summer Celebration on Khandroling, visit here

These papers can be used for gifts to Teachers, calligraphy of seed syllables, wrapping, storing sacred objects, making origami items, covering amulets as well as for paper arts projects (bookmaking, printmaking etc). KPC has made paper for Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, Lama Tsultrim Allione and private commissions.

Sacred substances we provide include many sacred pills and texts from the Dzogchen lineages; substances such as earth and sand from power spots around the world; plant materials such as nettles from Milarepa's birthplace and juniper from Machig's birthplace; clay from Ayukhandro's cave. clothing worn by CHNNR; meditation belt remnants. Individuals can also provide their own substances.

Traditionally, discarded texts in the Tibetan culture are burned and treated with the utmost respect. We also include used prayer flags and copies of teachings from the Mirror. However, the bulk of the pulp from which we make paper is derived from Asian fibers such as Kozo (Mulberry), Gampi, and Mitsumata combined with our own rag we beat in the "critter" our Hollander Beater.  

Our process is quite simple and anyone can learn in minutes how to make handmade paper. We already have on hand many different kinds of pulp that we have processed from our natural fibers and cotton rag. Below Sheryl is mixing up a pulp in the Vat while making paper for Lama Tsultrim. You can read more about that sessions, here. 

Here Sheryl is mixing some pulp into the vat

Adding sacred substances ground into fine powder

Pulling a sheet of paper

For related posts, visit the following links:

Making paper for Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Calligraphy papers made for Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Beginning in the Fall of  2017, KPC will offer private commissions for practitioners and artists to make custom sacred paper according to their designation. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Video of Khaita Tibetan Dances Followed by KPC Lotus Bearers Handing Out Lotus Origami to the Parade Crowd

Here's a charming video of our Khaita Dancers and Khandroling Paper Cooperative Lotus bearers handing out Lotuses during the 250th Anniversary of the town of Conway. Many thanks to all who organized and planned this event. Special thanks to Brenda Lilly, Aimee Anderson, Amanda Pollock and all the past and present Lotus makers. We couldn't have done it without you!

Lotus Bearers: Lotus Mobile Cart: Nancy Paris and Amanda Pollock
Kids: Tseyang Smith, Jono, Isaiah
Rachel Moyer, Madeline Liebling, Brenda Lilly, Sheryl Jaffe

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

RECAP of Khandroling Paper Cooperative's CONWAY RAGS TO PAPER PROJECT in Honor of the 250th Anniversary of CONWAY, MA

Khandroling Paper Cooperative's Conway Rags to Paper Project was partially funded by a HATCH Grant from the Greater Shelburne Falls Business Association and Massachusetts Cultural Council. 

The Conway Rags to Paper Project began in the early Spring of 2017 with the collecting of Conway rags in the yellow schoolhouse foyer and ended in an exhibit of works on paper on June 17 & 18 , 2017 at the Conway Town Art Fair.

PHASE 1 of the Conway Rags to Paper project began many months ago as we collected Conway resident rags to transform into pulp to make paper for our PHASE 2. On April 29, Madeline Liebling led an Introduction to Papermaking which was attended by six individuals from  ages 13-70+ years old. 

Our first basket of Conway rags cut into postage size pieces for the Hollander Beater

Perfect Conway pulp, April 29, 2017

Amanda and Madeline making paper, April 29, 2017

Amanda and Marie at the Vats, April 29

Couching a sheet of paper dyed with onion skins, April 29

Preparing to wet press the couched sheets, April 29

Low tech pressing, April 29

Pressed paper drying, April 29


Some of our papers made on April 29, 2017

PHASE 2 of The Conway Rags to Paper Project hosted by Khandroling Paper Cooperative took place on Saturdays from 2 PM-5:00 PM from May 13 thru June 3 in the former Conway Grammar School now called Tsegyalgar following our origami making in the Marshall Fields Library (11:00 AM-2:00 PM) or privately by the previous papermaking participants in their own homes. We had already collected, processed, and beaten in our Hollander beater cotton rags collected from Conway residents to create pulp, which was used to make handmade paper specifically for the 250th anniversary of Conway.

An 1817 note from Ora White Hitchcocks's Ladies Circle
 who lived on Pumpkin Hollow Road in Conway

This paper became the base to contain writing and art by participants and artist members related to the history, stories and personal connection to the town of Conway, which was then mounted in a variety of formats using various methods (stamping, stencil, calligraphy, drawing ) for exhibition during the three-day anniversary. 

The final works developed from the Rags to Paper Project  on view in the Conway Elementary School Conway Town Art Show, June 17 & 18, 2017

Final Work Exhibited June 17 & 18, 2017 in the Town of Conway Art Show
during the 250th Anniversary

Top Row: Madeline Liebling, Marie S. and Valdemar
Middle Row: Madeline Liebling, Valdemar, Jacqueline Gens
Bottom Row: Amanda Pollock

Sunday, April 23, 2017

We Are Now Making Pulp from Conway Rags

If you would like to participate in this phase of transforming 100% cotton rag into pulp for handmade papermaking, come join us. Contact: Jacqueline at 413-522-1125. The Introduction to Papermaking with Madeline Liebling will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Call to find out dates for making pulp prior to the Saturday workshop!!!!!

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Conway Rags to Paper Project to Honor the Town's 250th Anniversary - April 29 and May 13, 2017

The Conway Raps to Paper Project will take place on two Saturdays. We will collect, process, and beat in our Hollander beater cotton rags collected from Conway residents to create pulp which will then be used in making handmade paper specifically for the 250th anniversary of Conway. This paper will become the base to contain writing by participants and artist members related to the history, stories and personal connection to the town of Conway, which will then be mounted in a variety of formats (ex: scrolls, mural, and folding books,) using various printing methods (stamping, stencil, calligraphy, printing) for exhibition during the three-day anniversary. We are grateful to receive a HATCH grant the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Greater Shelburne Falls  Business Association

WHERE: The Old Grammar Schoolhouse at 18 Schoolhouse Road, Conway in the Khandroling Paper Studio in the basement of the building

WHEN/TIMES:  April 29 and May 13, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM



This event is free to all participants. To pre-register contact Jacqueline at

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Introduction to Papermaking with Madeline Liebling
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - Paper to Text with Jacqueline Gens                                                                                            
Papermaking is an ancient tradition that is an important base for the evolution of cultures world-wide. Before the advent of modern papermaking from trees, paper was made from natural fibers or rags. As part of the upcoming Summer 2017 Town of Conway Anniversary, Tsegyalgar East will participate in the 250th Anniversary for the town of Conway in a number of events through Khnadroling Paper Cooperative, Khaita Dance and Shang Shung Institute. For a full list of these events visit, here

Khandroling Paper Cooperative's Conway Rags to Paper Project received  a HATCH Grant from the Greater Shelburne Falls Business Association and Massachusetts Cultural Council. 

Artist member Kathleen at our "Critter" making pulp from cotton rags



A Meditative Approach to Creativity with Tibetan Calligraphy Artist Tashi Mannox- May 5,6,7, 2017


Tashi Mannox and traditional Zen Enzo, 2016

Renowned calligrapher and artist Tashi Mannox will present an interactive workshop where participants bring their hand and heart of awareness while creating an ensō* and selected seed syllables**. Tashi will explain the historical and contemporary sacred integrity of Tibetan calligraphy and mark-making, and how to unite heaven and earth though the creative process of spiritual practice in art - as a means of liberating the mind.

The unique nature of this weekend workshop which is co-sponsored by Shang Shung Institute and Khandroling Paper Cooperative, is to realize the perfection in the imperfection, with an attitude of non expectation and fearlessness through creativity. Anybody can attend and does not need previous artistic experience as a calligrapher. 

Some paper, ink and brushes provided.

*an ensō is a disciplined-creative practice of traditional Japanese Zen ink painting, a circle that is hand-drawn in one uninhibited brushstroke to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create.

**Seed Syllables Link

Wrathful HUM by Tashi Mannox

Dormitory option at $30 a night in the Yellow Schoolhouse
***Some work exchanges may be possible for teacher care, set-up and clean-up, registration, Airport pick and departure for Tashi, and cooking (all filled) but sliding scale still available for low income participants. 

Tsegyalgar East all events in the Yellow Schoolhouse
18 Schoolhouse Road
Conway, MA 01341

Friday Night, May 5th, 2017-- Book Signing and Reception-- 5:30-7:30 PM
On the evening of Friday, May 5th, a free public reception and book signing of Tashi’s new publication 'Sacred Scripts' - A Meditative Journey through Tibetan Calligraphy - illuminating the beauty of the various and endangered Tibetan scripts, through inspiring, if not thought provoking Buddhist quotes and Buddha images. Endorsed by H.H Dalai Lama. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017 --
Class 9:30 -12:30 PM (tea break)
Lunch Break 12:30 PM--1:30 PM (usually pot luck)
Class 1:30-5 PM (Tea Break)Dinner -Catered Tibetan style (donation requested) at the schoolhouse 

Optional: for those interested Khandroling Paper Cooperative will give a hands on introduction to papermaking after dinner.

Sunday, May 7, 2017
Same as Saturday through 5:00 PM
Dinner TBA local restaurant

SPECIAL EVENT: Monday, May 8, 2017
In the Khandroling Paper Studio with Tashi to make calligraphy PAPER using sacred texts and substances added to traditional Asian fibers. Limited to 6 people. This is a very special event. Please apply early. By donation. 

For further information about work exchanges and papermaking option contact, Jacqueline at or 413-522-1125...Siding scale available for low income participants

REGISTRATION: For more information or contact secretary @ or (413) 369-4928 for more information.

To reserve space in the Tsegyalgar East dormitory, contact Jeremy at

To view a slide show of Tsshi's 2015 workshop at co-sponsored by Shang Shung Institute and Khandroling Paper Cooperative, visit here.

For an interview with Tashi, visit the Mirror. 

Other Related Events

The next Origami Mindfulness Club meets on 
Thursday, MAY 11, 2017 FROM 5:30 PM-6:30 PM

in the Schoolhouse Library at 18 Schoolhouse Road, Conway MA
All are welcome--Free


Check out the glass case in the foyer of the Marshall Field Memorial Library in Conway, MA where you can see an exhibit of our handmade origami Lotus blossoms