Saturday, November 30, 2013

KPC to Create a Festschrift in honor of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu as Part of Taegyalgar East's 30th Anniversary Celebration and the Inauguration of the Vajra Hall July 11-13. 2014

Khandroling Paper Cooperative cordially invites international Dzogchen Community members to submit their writings, dreams, photos, calligraphy and visual arts works about the Vajra Dance to be part of a Festschrift in honor Chögyal Namkhai Norbu during the Tsegyalgar's 30th Anniversary Celebration: Come Join the Dance and the Inauguration of the magnificent Vajra Hall to house the only Universal Mandala on earth. Details about the celebration will be posted  in the coming weeks.

We especially invite Vajra Dance teachers to pass this message on during their courses internationally. 

The Festschrift will be a handbound leather book covered in part with Khandroling papers made with many sacred substances presented to Rinpoche as an honorifc gift  to him sometime during the Vajra Hall Inauguration July 11-12, 2014. The selection of the Vajra Dance as an appropriate topic was approved by Prima Mai.

If sufficient funds are raised we may duplicate the project for internal distribution to the community in order to share the communications. The content of the Festscrift will serve as a chronicle for future generations.

To stream line the process of collecting the works without any fancy software requirements or logistics, please apply the following guidelines:

1) All written text of dreams, stories, poems etc must be submitted as a word document fully formatted and with your name and date of composition on each page. Complicated formatting can be submitted as rich text.

2) Each person is limited to one (one sided)  OR two (one-sided) pages that can be printed vertically or horizontally on  8 1/2 x 11 standard paper.

3) Please send a high resolution jpeg (only) of your art work and/or photos that can also be printed vertically or horizontally on 8 1/2 x 11" paper

4) Email to me at with your attachments (save your attachments with your name). PLEASE indicate in the subject line   "KPC FESTSCHRIFT" which will help me search your email efficiently among my sea of emails.

The above  materials will be tipped into the completed album(s). Khandroling Paper Cooperative will do all the final printing on archival acid-free paper.  

The deadline for submissions is in February AFTER the VD teachers meeting in Tenerife on February 14, 2014. Please write me if you have questions at


Jacqueline Gens
Khandroling Paper Cooperative
Naomi, Sheryl, Margherita, Kathryn, Tatiana, Brenda, Madeline

The following video explains what a Festschrift is. In this particular instance, the Festschrift is dedicated to Calligraphy Teacher and Artist Lloyd Reynolds who was a teacher of the poets Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen at Reed College. It exemplifies the kind of creative documents we would like to gather and then present to Rinpoche on the occasion of the Inauguration of the Mandala Hall for the only Universal Mandala on earth. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

2013 Swatch Book Arrived!

Our 2013 Swatch Swap books arrived today with Khandroling Paper Cooperative participating with members of our Hand Papermaking Yahoo Group. Our end papers were by Jennifer Meyer and Wanda Spangler. By an auspicious coincidence Sherely Jaffe, KPC founding member, got our random end papers for her book. 

Here's our selection with KPC chop--paper looks good. Around 50 papermakers from North America, including Canada were represented. We each sent 2" x 3" swatches. In the end we  received a book with each other's samples.  We also sent two 8 1/2' x 11" papers to make the covers which were randomly distributed. Thanks Beth Heesacher for curating and making these wonderful  books  for 2013. 

Click here to read our recipe for KPC calligraphy paper made with sacred substances in a previous post. 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Making Black Walnut Ink with Diane Part 1

One of the projects I've wanted to do for some time was make Black Walnut Ink as an organic ink for edible mantras on our handmade paper with sacred substances. 

So when my friend Diane called to say that she had lots of hulls--we went for it on a chilly November day. Part one shows the process. Part two will be about perfecting the consistency of the ink--forthcoming soon. 

See our side show below:

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Interview with Jacqueline Gens on Catalysta

To read the following interview with KPC founder and director, Jacqueline Gens on Catalysta, click here. 

[photo of Jacqueline Gens with Dr. Trogawa Rinpoche by Allen Ginsberg]