Monday, February 18, 2013

Last Call for this Season

Khandroling Paper Cooperative will be packing up for the next three months while Jacqueline Gens is on semi-retreat at Tara Mandala in Pagosa Springs, CO volunteering in their "Living Dharma" program. Many Thanks to Tsultrim Allione for making this possible. I look forward to seeing old friends during the next few months.

The paper cooperative will resurface sometime in June at Tsegyalgar East in Conway, MA to coincide with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu's June retreats June 7-12, 2013 followed by his Santi Maha Sangha training.

Last weekend--an undergraduate student in education at Fitchberg State contacted us to make paper for a school project. Sonia and her friend Eric made different colored papers representing the five elements which will go towards making paper lungta that Sonia will later hand stencil for her presentation. Hope we see some images of the final outcome. Since they had no background in papermaking, they were introduced to the process via the famous Arnold Grummer Blender/Pour mould method--fail proof and wonderfully fun. After a couple of hours they graduated to a western- style mould and deckle making paper with ease from newly beaten linen pulp in our Critter earlier that morning.  [See below].

Harold Graves, the Tsegyalgar East secretary also stopped by to make paper from newly beaten linen and mitsumata fiber. [See below].

Thank you everyone for your support. Visit our blog again for updates on new products and activities over the next few months.

Jacqueline Gens
February 18, 2013

Conway, MA

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Losar Greetings Year of the Water Snake

So this is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius
That long awaited communitas, with its panacea of universal love
Destined to unlock hard hearts.

Let the water snakes torpedo with their periscopic heads
As they propel us into sights beyond the norm to shed
Fixations, mental concepts and mean thoughts, our usual
Stale fare.

Let’s take our daily frights into the realm of self-manifest
Shed a skin; trade our complacency for wisdom mind
Wake to never ending freshness
And the minds true liberation

May all beings unearth the bounty of their innate treasure
And share in the grace of harmony
Released at last when love will steer the stars. 

Jacqueline Gens
Tsegyalgar East
February 11, 2013 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Recent Pulp Painting Works

If you would like to see some of the work Naomi and I made during our recent workshop at Dieu Donne, visit this link on our Tsegyalgar East Community Blog.