The Vomit of a Mad Tyger
The Spiritual Autobiography of Allen Ginsberg
We’ll begin at the beginning, because what I’d like to do is trace what spiritual inklings I had that led to interest in Tibetan Buddhism and guru relationship.
I was in love with a high school fellow who went off to Columbia College when he graduated a half-term before me in Central High School in Patterson, New Jersey. So I decided to go to Columbia College instead of Montclair State Teachers College, where all of my family had gone. Out of some kind of devotion I broke away from the traditional pattern of my family but I didn’t have money, so I had to take a scholarship entrance exam. On the ferry between Hoboken and New York I got down on my knees and made a vow that if I were admitted to Columbia, I would do everything I could to save mankind. It was a naive bodhisattva’s vow out of fear of not getting into Columbia.
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Random Photo of the Day:
[image: Allen Ginsberg & Jack Kerouac horsing around, Allen's 206 East 7th Street, New York City, Fall 1953. camera in William Burroughs' hand. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]