February Tea ’24

“Luck is the Guest that turned up.” Lesley  

From Willi S:

I am borrowing the words of Gary Snyder, which I think are uniquely applicable today.  We can all individually decide what he means by WILD.  “People often think of art as the most highly cultured, the most disciplined, the most organized of human productions and one that requires a lot of training, but art doesn’t happen unless you let the wild in. Robert Duncan said, ‘To be poetry, it has to have both music and magic.’ And magic is the entry of the wild.” –Gary Snyder

From Lesley M:

the form…hugs me fiercely…comforting and confronting…there’s always some wriggle room though…and I like wriggling

From Kim C:

Prepare / a bowl of tea / by showing up / for your guests / host the whisk and the fukusa / all are friends / in this world

From Chad O:

Held in tea womb / the heart settles in rest / the day ends with cake

From Kim C:

Held by the form / move freely. / We are all friends here.

From Karima F:

riding above the ordinary—magnetism pulls us to this joy —or—that

From Dean:

As we follow the rules of tea / Our plan is interrupted / “Now isn’t that interesting!”

From Randy W:
As Spring unfolds, every rain- drop holds a promise of fresh water for tea; let us share one together,”

 

May Tea ’23

From Gerow Purification... Meeting life as it is.... Acceptance orrecognition of the present moment... Respect.... Sense of freedom from "shoulds"   From Karen (who remembered this from another Lama Tea poet) Rains arrived... fire turns tosteam... renewal   From Deb...

April Tea ’23

    From Kathy While turning the compost pile at the retreat yesterday, I remembered this poemBy Sasaki Sanmi “Taking a break, resting my chin on the hoe, I sense the hoe’s strongattachment to this field” From Sakina holding each other gently / we share the...

March Tea ’23

From Ravi Austin through the universeeach space, each planet, each timeMatcha & me From Siddiq Hans von Briesen WE are found objectsWashed ashore in the sea of lifeGrateful to be alive. From Deborah MN Awe, the change of seasons, tea, remarkable and humbling32...

February Tea ’23

What courage, each year, has the treeto once again birth her leaves,her pink cherry blossoms or delicate dogwood petals,knowing in days, weeks or months,they will wither and fall to the ground.So, too, the crocus or tulip,who struggles through the frozen...

Preparation

Poems written by participants of Lama Tea, June 2, 2022 Prepare to face the moment, just how it happens. — Karen Higgins our attentive preparations join hands with the ringing clash of the unexpected past meets future two hands blessed and blessing — Lesley Maclean...

September Tea

Hopping bunny stops To sniff a morning glory Vining through lettuce — Tracy Cates Return to tea, Return to friends. Love and blessings everyone! — Kate Shane glowing jars of autumn bounty bunny madonnas crickets at my window it's autumn! — Kathy Lyons Hippity HOPPING,...

Reunion

Lama Tea, July 7, 2022 When we look up at the stars, what do we feel? Do we feel the awesome vastness of space? Do we stop breathing or thinking? Do we feel ever so teeny? Do we feel an inexplicable connection? Is there fear? joy? quiet? heart thumping brain...

A Letter from the Coordinator

Beloved Lama Community, So much has changed for us all in these last few months. Not long ago, residents were deep in retreat for our winter intensives, wondering if the Community Center kitchen project would ever be totally completed, and eagerly awaiting a summer...

Podcasts

Lama has a podcast page on SoundCloud! https://soundcloud.com/user-615961713 Listen on SoundCloud Remembering our recently departed Elaine Sutton, as she reads her works just days before passing on into the great unknown. Elaine Karen Sutton, B. 9/16/1949, D....

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