Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Meditative Approach to Creativity with Tibetan Calligraphy Artist Tashi Mannox


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




WORKSHOP FEE: $225***
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.

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





SCHEDULE
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. 


CONTACTS:
For further information about work exchanges and papermaking option contact, Jacqueline at jacqueline.gens@gmail.com or 413-522-1125

REGISTRATION:
REGISTRATION: http://www.shangshung.org/home/tashimannox/ For more information or contact secretary @ shangshung.org or (413) 369-4928 for more information.

To reserve space in the Tsegyalgar East dormitory, contact Jeremy at geko@tsegyalgar.org

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. 



Sunday, February 5, 2017

Rags to Paper "How To" Presentation on February 11, 2017

Please join us for a celebration and presentations for HATCH grant Recipients





WHERE: Buckland Community Center on Main Street in Shelburne Falls, MA
DATE AND TIME: February 11, 2017, 5:30-7:00 PM
Refreshments provided, $5.00 donation requested (soups, snacks, and cash bar)
                                                                                                 
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 will give a public presentation on February 11, 2017 of its Conway Rags to Paper Project for which it received  a HATCH Grant from the Greater Shelburne Falls Business Association and Massachusetts Cultural Council. 



    
The Conway Rags to Paper Project will collect, process, and beat in our Hollander beater cotton rags 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.

The Conway Raps to Paper Project will take place on 2 Consecutive Saturdays:

April 29, 2017 -
May 13, 2017 -


In our presentation we will bring examples of our handmade paper and text. Please join us for a fun and informative event!


  

    











Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Conway Rags to Paper Project Receives a H.A.T.C.H Grant from the Greater Shelburne Falls Business Association and the Massachusetts Cultural Council


Our winning proposal was accepted with an award of $400 towards the lead artists Jacqueline Gens and Madeleine Liebling who will oversee the Rags to Paper Project at Khandroling Paper Cooperative, part of Tsegyalgar East's participation in the 250th Anniversary of the Town of Conway, MA. 


This unique project invites residents of the town to make paper from their 100% recycled cotton rags collected from drop off sites in town FROM JANUARY-MAY, 2017 and processed in our hollander beater, affectionately called the "Critter" among international handmade papermakers.



{Jennifer, from the Shang Shung School of Tibetan Medicine making speciality pulp}

The hand-made paper will be the base for writing stories and poems significant to the personal transformative experiences of participants of all ages in relation to the town of Conway, whether of place, historical, personal, or mythic. This event will take place in two workshop segments led by the lead artists consisting of:

1) April 29, 2016 An Introduction to the Art of Handmade Paper with lead artist Madeline Liebling who will direct individuals into creating dynamic sheets of paper for their literary works from the Conway Rags.

2) May 1, 2017 Literary Workshop with Jacqueline Gens who will introduce writing exercises to stimulate original writing in a variety of forms onto the previously made paper either via, calligraphy, stamping or digital transfer.

Artist members of the cooperative will then assemble in Open Studios, the completed works on scrolls, in accordion books and mounted paper mural to exhibit during the three-day celebration in the yellow schoolhouse and/or another venue in town currently being researched (TBA) during the June 16, 17, 18, 2017 Conway event. Writers may elect to read their works as part of this exhibit during the three-day event.

This project seeks to bring together the transformative power of place, materials and personal evolution over time through the medium of hand papermaking and storytelling within the context of an important cultural event. Our presence in the historic yellow schoolhouse at the top of the hill will bridge together past, present and future educational and artistic aspirations for those involved in the making and in the viewing of our final works.

We invite local residents to participate in this collectively transformative event.
For further information contact Jacqueline at jacqueline.gens@gmail.com

To experience a preview, the Greater Shelburne Falls H.A.T.C.H. Program will host a public celebration on February 11, 2017 at the Shelburne Falls Community Center to present the creativity of the winning proposals. (Time TBA) 



To read about ALL of Tsegyalgar East's events to take place in the Conway 250th Anniversary from June 16-18, 2017, visit here


Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 Schedule of Events and Works in Progress

In 2016 Khandroling Paper Cooperative presented a  number of workshops and open studios related to papermaking and contemplative arts. To review these past programs in 2016, visit the Khandroling Paper Cooperative Blog. 2017 inaugurates the Year of the Lotus and Khandroling Paper Cooperative's participation in the 250th Anniversary of the town of Conway, MA on June 16, 17, 18, 2017

A link to an article on Khandroling paper Cooperative in the Greenfield Recorder. 

For over 30 years the Dzogchen Community in Conway, MA, which was founded by Tibetan scholar and master Teacher Chögyal Namkhai Norbu has continued to provide a container for his numerous activities in North America including the Shang Shung School of Tibetan Medicine, Asia and the International Dzogchen Community. Additional retreat facilities known as Khandroling are located in the nearby hill town of Buckland. 




Khandroling Paper Cooperative studios are found in the yellow schoolhouse formerly the Old Conway Grammar School, which has scheduled several events for the 250th Anniversary of Conway, meeting with the Town Committee organizing the three-day event in October of 2016.  These events include:


1)  Making a thousand (1008) origami lotuses for a paper float by local residents at our monthly and weekly origami club to be handed out during the parade featuring our Tibetan inspired Khaita dancers {Sen here performing at the 2015 Conway Festial of the Hills}. 

2) An exhibit on the theme of the Lotus as a symbol of perfection through our Buddhist affiliation in the historic former Conway Grammar School featuring our artist members and Master Tibetan calligraphers.

3) An alumni reunion breakfast in the old Conway Grammar school for past graduates of the grammar school including the graduates of the Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine—Thus honoring the anniversary’s theme of past, present and future. 


4) The final project dedicated to the Town’s anniversary is the Conway Rags to Paper initiative for which we are seeking funding from HATCH, a local funding agency for the arts



The Khandroling Lotus Blossom project is an international endeavor to help restore the historic schoolhouse in Conway, MA site of so many Dzogchen retreats, the Shang Shung Tibetan Medicine School, and numerous community functions as the first North American Gar founded by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu. Purchased in 1995, the building continues to provide a base for the Dzogchen Community's practice life, numerous SSI educational programs in Tibetan culture, and courses in Vajra Dance, Yantra Yoga and Khaita Dance. 

The Lotus is an important symbol through out all the Buddhist lineages. We will be exploring the many facets of this precious symbol of enlightened perfection and goodness which we all possess. We look forward to sharing this journey with you.


-DETAILS ABOUT THE ANNIVERSARY EVENTS-

MINDFULNESS OF ORIGAMI CLUB BEGINNING NOVEMBER 10, 2016 thru June 2017,
5-6:30 PM in the Library at 18 Schoolhouse Rd. Conway, MA 01341. Please join us for our Mindfulness of Origami Club with Brenda Lilly, to meet the second Thursday of every month in the Yellow Schoolhouse Library at Tsegyalgar East. This club is free.

Our newest Lotus Origami incarnation created by Brenda Lilly with the famous six-syllables of the Om Mani Pema Hum Hrih (Th jewel in the Lotus) mantra written on the six petals with the HRIH in the center.






Making Lotuses in the library, December, 2016

The building itself has special meaning to the town of Conway, MA as the first multi-class grammar school which was home to generations of children educated there. As a fitting gesture of goodwill , Khandroling Paper Cooperative on behalf of the Dzogchen Community will participate in the 250th Conway Town Anniversary Celebration to be held in 2017  with a Paper Lotus float and the distribution of thousands of handmade paper lotus blossoms. 



Brenda instructing Francine in the making of a small Lotus, Summer 2016


In dreams
they come with out-stretched hands
the color of malachite


giving, magnetizing
palms formed by leaf and wind,
torrential waters--

As they pass to me the lotus bud
grown up from mud
its stainless bloom


opening*



Rita Kaiser, Brenda Lilly and Nancy Paris, Summer Celebration on Khandroling, 2016

ART EXHIBIT - JUNE 2017 (FRONT FOYER AND HALLS of the Yellow Schoolhouse) : Works related to the Theme of the Lotus and transformation (Title TBA) by KPC Artist members and workshop participants from the Rags to Paper Project (see below) including noted Tibetan calligraphers.



Calligraphy created by Tashi Mannox on Khnadroling Paper


CONWAY GRAMMAR SCHOOL AND SHANG SHUNG INSTITUTE SCHOOL OF TIBETAN MEDICINE - Alumni Breakfast hosted by KPC on June 16, 2017 -
sponsored by Khandroling Paper Members - More TBA bridging together the main theme of the 250th Anniversary consisting of Past, Present, and Future. 


CONWAY RAGS TO PAPER PROJECT - We are seeking funding from a HATCH grant for this unique project to make paper derived from Conway residents’ 100% recycled cotton rags collected from drop off sites in town FROM JANUARY-MAY, 2017.


Cutting the rag into postage size pieces for processing in the "Critter"

The hand-made paper will be the base for writing stories and poems significant to the personal transformative experiences of participants of all ages in relation to the town of Conway, whether of place, historical, personal, or mythic. This event will take place in two workshop segments led by the lead artists consisting of:


Making pulp from cut-up rags in the "Critter" our Hollander Beater

RAGS TO PAPER WORKSHOPS:

  1) April 29, 2016 An Introduction to the Art of Handmade Paper with lead artist Madeline Liebling who will direct individuals into creating dynamic sheets of paper for their literary works from the Conway Rags.


Making that first piece of paper-- a magical experience

2) May 1, 2017  Literary Workshop with Jacqueline Gens who will introduce writing exercises to stimulate original writing in a variety of forms onto the previously made paper either via, calligraphy, stamping or digital transfer.



A Poetrymind writing group taught by Jacqueline Gens

Artist members of the cooperative will then assemble in Open Studios, the completed works on scrolls, in accordion books and mounted paper mural to exhibit during the three-day celebration in the yellow schoolhouse and/or another venue in town currently being researched (TBA) during June 16, 17, 18, 2017.  Writers may elect to read their works as part of this exhibit during the three-day event.

This project seeks to bring together the transformative power of place, materials and personal evolution over time through the medium of papermaking and storytelling within the context of an important cultural event. Our presence in the historic yellow schoolhouse at the top of the hill will bridge together past, present and future educational and artistic aspirations for those involved in the making and in the viewing of our final works.

We invite local residents to participate in this collectively transformative event. 
For further information contact Jacqueline at jacqueline.gens@gmail.com



The famous six syllable mantra Om Mani Pema Hum Hrih executed in Tashi's 2014 workshop at Tsegyalgar


Other featured programs for 2017 in development include: 
  • Return of world famous Tibetan calligrapher Tashi Mannox in collaboration with Shang Shung Institute for the weekend of May 6-7, 2017.
  • Children's programs in origami and mask-making with an emphasis on Homeschoolers- TBA
  • Open Studios in beginning and advanced papermaking, printmaking, and origami meet weekly ( Sundays and Tuesdays). Please call to confirm: 413-522-1125
  • Annual three day paper fest on Khandroling, Dates TBA (usually July or August) 
  • Participation in local fairs and art shows - TBA
Best Wishes and Happy New Year!!!

*Poem by Glen Eddy and Jacqueline Gens, 2008






Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016

Coming Soon - The 2016 International Swap Swatch


[Individual swatch pages in the process of assembly]


Once again Khandroling Paper Cooperative will participate in the International Swatch Swap which each year assembles swatch books to highlight hand made paper. Anywhere from 60-80 artists participate. In previous years we submitted our papers which  you can read about here:

Our 2012 Swatch Book 

Our 2013 Swatch Book

(We took a break in 2014/15) 

Along with our individual swatches, each papermaker submits two cover sheets which are then used to cover someone else's Swatch Book. KPC cover submission was made this summer during our annual papermaking fest on Lower Khandroling Farm.  You can visit the main Swatch Swap website here for lots of info about the process. The hosts for this year's swap are Barbara Landes and Helen Schneider from Madison, Wisconsin. 


[Still working]




[Finished and bound books]





Photos courtesy of the 2016 swatch team

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NEXT Mindful Origami Club to Meet on Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 5:00 - 6:30 PM



Come and join our group to learn how to fold the Lotus Flower for the 250th Anniversary Celebration of he town of Conway, MA in June 2017. 

WHEN: December 8, 2016, 5:00PM-6:40 PM
LOCATION: 18 Schoolhouse Rd. Conway, MA 01341 in the Library
COST: Free

We need your help to make one thousand, (1,000) Lotus Flowers to distribute during the parade in JUne 2017. Brenda Lilly is offering to facilitate these drop in sessions. We will be meeting every second Thursday of the month beginning at 5:00 - 6:30 PM to fold in the Yellow Schoolhouse Library on the first floor. 

Come by anytime during that session and be a part of history! Our next meeting is December 8. RSVP Jacqueline at 413-522-1125 or jacqueline.gens@gmail.com or just come.  Some individuals who live far way may be able to count making the lotus as fulfilling their Karma Yoga requirement. 

To learn more about this community project,  visit our blog at http://www.khandrolingpapers.blogspot.com 

For those who want to become more involved in the process of handmade paper, we will be making paper from "Conway Rags," beginning in 2017 as we initiate the design for our parade float. 

Last month during our first meeting, we made several dozen origami Lotus. Each blossom is distinct and beautiful--like our own condition.   We invite parents and kids to come and participate. Invite your friends!




Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Mindfulness of Origami Club Begins on Thursday, November 10, 2016




Please join us for our first Mindfulness of Origami Club with Brenda Lilly, to meet the second Thursday of every month in the Yellow Schoolhouse at Tsegyalgar East. This club is free. 



For further information contact Jacqueline at 413-522-1125 or jacqueline.gens@gmail.com

BEGINNING NOVEMBER 10, 2016,
5-6:30 PM in the Library at 18 Schoolhouse Rd. Conway, MA 01341. 
   
The Khandroling Lotus Blossom project is an international endeavor to restore the historic schoolhouse in Conway, MA site of so many Dzogchen retreats, the Shang Shung Tibetan Medicine School, and numerous community functions as the first North American Gar founded by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu. Purchased in 1995, the building continues to provide a base for the Dzogchen Community's practice life, numerous SSI educational programs in Tibetan culture, and courses in Vajra Dance, Yantra Yoga and Khaita Dance. 


The Lotus is an important symbol through out all the Buddhist lineages. We will be exploring the many facets of this precious symbol of enlightened perfection and goodness which we all possess. 

Our newest Lotus Origami incarnation created by Brenda Lilly with the six-syllables of the Mani mantra written on the six petals with the HRIH in the center.






The building itself has special meaning to the town of Conway, MA as the first multi-class grammar school which was home to generations of children educated there. As a fitting gesture of goodwill , Khandroling Paper Cooperative on behalf of the Dzogchen Community will participate in the 250th Conway Town Anniversary Celebration to be held in 2017  with a Paper Lotus float and the distribution of thousands of handmade paper lotus blossoms. 




[Brenda instructing Francine in the making of a small Lotus]


In dreams
they come with out-stretched hands
the color of malachite


giving, magnetizing
palms formed by leaf and wind,
torrential waters--

As they pass to me the lotus bud
grown up from mud
its stainless bloom


opening



[Rita Kaiser, Brenda Lilly and Nancy Paris, Summer Celebration, 2016]



We look forward to sharing this journey with you over the next year!