Eighty essays exploring the work of artists who use nature as the source of inspiration. Curated by Randy Rosenberg and featuring art by Edward Burtynsky, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Olafur Eliason, Cai Guo-Qiang, and others. In collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). (Palace Press, 2007)
"If, as they say, the revolution begins from within, cultivating an awareness of nature can be a form of environmental activism—when we take the time to consider our surroundings, there is a shift in the way we approach the world. The images these artists present might be grim or discomforting, but they might also inspire wonder in the most ordinary things...We see mirrors of ourselves in atoms and garbage heaps, in fractals and factories, in primates and poppies and galaxies. Art has the power to arrest us, stop us in our tracks, and make a connection with the profound universality that exists in nature..." READ MORE.
An illustrated "making of" book documenting the first feature to be shot on film in the Kingdom of Bhutan. (Prayer Flag Pictures, 2004)
"There are about 41 audio visual license holding “briefcase” studios in Bhutan, mostly in Thimphu, churning out films like the smash hit of 2001, Cheppei Bu (Precious Son). The requirements of a hit are that the lead actors sing, dance, and carry on for at least 3 hours. Otherwise people don’t feel like they are getting their money’s worth. The films are screened at one of the three major cinemas in the country – Phuentsholing’s Mig Cinema Hall and Norgy Cinema hall and Thimphu’s Lugor Theater. The Lugor moved to its current location in the early seventies. It is furnished with benches and sofas (actually hard plastic chairs) for an audience of 880 and features an LCD video projector, often operated by the film’s executive producer or director. There is no distribution system in the country, producers hire the hall and sell their own tickets at standardized prices of 40 to 75 ngultrum (about US$.80 - $1.50) per ticket. Being a filmmaker in Bhutan isn’t considered a flashy job. If anything, filmmaking is considered somewhat indulgent..." READ MORE.
Contributed chapter for Vogue's first coffee table book using archival images paired with essays. Other Contributors included Penelope Tree, Glenn O’Brien and Dita Von Teese. (Conde Nast, 2006)
"My ends are split so I sit in a chair at a salon. Staring at my head, disembodied by a bib, I can’t help thinking that of all mammals, we are the strangest of bare skinned creatures. My naked body is not smooth like a dolphin’s nor evenly coated like a bear’s. Instead I have a light fuzz covering my hide, a few strategic patches of wiry coarseness, and then, spouting from the top of my head, a cascading mass that has no outward purpose except perhaps adornment and a little extra warmth in winter. This patterning is unique to humans, as is the conscious mind. And it is this complicated mind that leads to the vanity, ritual, fetishism, and neurosis that cause us to take adornment to all kinds of extremes..."
FOOD is a collection of foodie essays and recipes, mindful eating techniques, and wisdom from Buddhist teachers and writers both past and present, including Zen Master Dogen, John Daido Loori Roshi, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Anam Thubten, culled from 5 years of columns.
"Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier made a documentary in 2003 called The Five Obstructions in which he challenged fellow filmmaker Jørgen Leth to remake his own short experimental film, The Perfect Human (1967), five times. In each instance Leth was given a set of obstacles designed by von Trier to make his life difficult. For example, the first remake had to be shot in Cuba and no cut could be longer than twelve frames. One remake had to be a cartoon, and so on. Throwing a dinner party these days is a bit like this. Guests are bringing an increasing number of dietary restrictions to the table, creating complicated obstacles for the cook. Coming up with a good meal that satisfies each and every individual's stipulations takes creativity, patience, and sometimes the fun out of cooking..." READ MORE
Essay on pilgrimage to Bodhgaya selected for the acclaimed series by Philip Zaleski. (Penguin Books, 2012)
"...The all-knowing rickshaw driver is standing outside the gate; I slip by him, deciding to walk the long way to the temple, through the Indian village. There is a plot of land next to a school, covered in garbage, and in that garbage stands a spavined mule and about ten geese. The geese have been painted fluorescent pink. “You have like this in America?” asks a man wearing a vest that looks as if it has been hewn from the pelt of a slain Muppet, Fozzie Bear, perhaps. “Sort of,” I say. “Like this size or big size? Big size, or small size?” He shows me different sizes and I say, “Yes. No. Yes.” He seemed very pleased with this answer. There are wild hogs, baby goats, naked children with lice leaping from their heads as garbage burns in small piles. It is said in sacred texts that Bodhgaya is going to be the last place left on earth when the universe is destroyed. Even if I hang around here, I will be a goner. But these families living in tents, cooking with motor oil as fluorescent pink geese crap in the drinking water, might not even notice. Life is an apocalypse. I bow down to them..." PURCHASE BOOK HERE. Read original article in Tricycle Magazine HERE.
Contributed selected chapters to book based on the Committee of 100 for Tibet's multimedia traveling exhibit. (Mandala Publishing, 2006)
"The Dalai Lama represents many things to many people. To those who study and practice with him, he is a spiritual companion, a teacher, the door to liberation. To the Norwegian Nobel Committee he is a laureate, a forward thinking advocate of peace. To the Tibetan government in exile and those who recognize it, he is a political leader. To some governments, he is a dissident and a threat. He is an author, an activist, a philosopher. To a number of neuroscientists he is a collaborator. To the thousands of refugees who rely on his support, he is a patron. To the modern world he is an icon. To his mother he was a son. He has many names. Born to a simple peasant family in 1935, he was named Lhamo Dhondrub. But two years later, upon being recognized as the 14th incarnation of the Dalai Lama lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, he was renamed Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, or Holy Lord, Gentle Glory, Compassionate, Defender of the Faith, Ocean of Wisdom. Many refer to him simply as Kundun—the Presence..." PURCHASE HERE.
Wrote a chapter on Buddhism in Bhutanese schools for book that brings together thinkers from around the globe and sets them the task of explaining how their research on children’s spirituality and education has been shaped by the historical, cultural, religious and political contexts of the geographic region in which they work. The book presents contributions in three sections – Europe and Israel, Australasia, and The Americas– and concludes with a chapter highlighting what is common and what is contextually unique about global approaches to spirituality and education. (Routledge, 2013)