erasure book

Artist’s book, 5 x 6 ½ inches, November 2020

Single section case binding structure, bookcloth for cover is made with dyed and repurposed Roberta Roller Rabbit tunic, pages are made with archival Okawara paper, woodblock prints on endsheets and spread on Kitakata paper

Buddhism and meditation have helped me feel grounded in hard times. There are a few books that have helped me understand the core message of this ancient practice. Books from the Shambhala tradition written by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his son Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche have been a refuge for me. When I learned that Sakyong Mipham and other leaders in Shambhala committed acts of sexual misconduct and sexual assault against their students, I was disheartened. I put down the books that helped me so many times. As the pandemic has raged on, I find myself needing these books again. As I started rereading Ruling Your World by Sakyong Mipham, I discovered a new story. By erasing (obscuring) his words, I was able to compose a poem.

To learn more follow these links:
Report Reveals New Sexual Assault Allegations Against Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche