These poems & songs have been aired on KPFK FM (Los Angeles)

Some Fun
Shinzenian Verse
(Retreat Poems with Music)

Written by Stephanie Nash

These poems were written for the Talking Circle at the end of retreats led by Shinzen Young.
Many of the jokes are 'insider' and reflect what Shinzen was teaching at that retreat.
But when Roy of Hollywood started playing them on KPFK, we realized
that others would appreciate them, as well. In case you do:

Steph introduces the original CD of the "Retreat Poems" just after she recorded them in 2003.

January 1999 Poem
Written after her first residential retreat. Steph arrived, new to meditation, the 2nd week
of a 2 week year-end retreat - thus she riffs on "Twas the Night before Christmas"

July 1999 Poem
Written after her second retreat. She was starting to get the hang of this.
But her legs were falling asleep and all this sitting was making her fat.

January 2000 Poem
Written after the 30-DAY RETREAT with Shinzen (- yes, it was 30 days.)
After 12-14 days, Shinzen declared he'd taught all he usually does or had at any 10 day retreat
in recent history and that from here on out - we were going to get his 'brain dump.
It was an amazing experience. He's got quite a brain.

March 2000 Poem
This retreat was right after Steph's beloved dog, Leo, passed away.
Leo had been a regular at yazas (all night sits), was sometimes called the "Dharma Dog"or "Yaza Hound"
and was considered his own meditation.

June 2000 Poem
Steph was in a stage play during this retreat - trying hard to deal with her stress & spinning mind.

January 2001 Poem
Another year-end retreat - and another riff on "Twas the night before Christmas".
Steph reviews Shinzen's dharma talks - all in verse - with punchlines, of course.

July 2001 Poem
Steph said she wasn't going to write a poem - she was too sleep-deprived.

January 2002 Poem
Inspired by Native American ceremony -yes this was a few months after her Vision Quest.
it starts getting MUSICAL.

(This retreat was post-9/11 and the poem reflects some of the deeper
emotional work being done at that retreat.)

June 2002 Poem...well it's more of a Song
A short musical tribute - a la the Beach Boys

January 2004
This was Steph's version of "THE WIZARD of OZ" Guess who plays the wizard?
The one includes all the MUSICAL NUMBERS - complete with Dorothy's journey - in some place that is not Kansas...)
January 2005
By this time, Roy Tuckman was playing these poems on-air (late night) on KPFK
so Steph decided to write this one about a radio interviewer who had come to a retreat to get the scoop.
All sorts of CHARACTERS arrive in this one. Not sure where it came from, but it's cute & colorful..

January 2006
This one was MICKY SPILLANE describing the landscape - complete with dames & dresses & drinks.
Ended with a special lounge singer supplying the musical number of the evening.
Stay tuned.

(Will post as soon as we find it.)

No, Steph doesn't write poems for the Talking Circles at retreats any more.
(She's usually too busy helping out Shinzen in other ways, like teaching first-timers at retreats
or leading his phone-based Basic Mindfulness retreats while he's busy. leading 3 in October 9,10,11)
But with these recordings, (and the occasionaly air-play late night on KPFK). hopefully the humor lives on
(even if for only an insomniac Shinzenian crowd.)