David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

14 September 2011

Lama Lhundrup

News arrives. Lama Lhundrup, the much loved Abbot of Kopan Monastery, Nepal, has died.
Photos and an account here :
The Last Days on Earth
by Venerable Roger Kunsang
In 1988 your correspondent had the good fortune to be at Kopan Monastery over several months. Lama Lhundrup registered deeply. From that time, here he is with Lama Osel at his side making offering prayers at the 12th century ruins of the great monastic university Nalanda, India.

At our door here, we've a tulip also in its last days of radiance. Petals wider each day, soon they will fall away. Projection-space of the Dutch mania. Projection-space colours of that great monk's robes.

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