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Posted: January 15, 2014

VIDEO: Punk rock drummer turned Buddhist Monk: Past life of Kelsang Pawo

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Past Life from Elizabeth Jenkins on Vimeo.

Kelsang Pawo is an American Buddhist Monk. He is the resident teacher at Serlingpa Meditation Center in New Bedford, MA, and he also makes regular trips to Portland to teach one-day workshops at The Heart Opening. And once upon a time, he was living the punk rocker’s life in Los Angeles as the drummer for Nina Hagen.

This great documentary by Elizabeth Jenkins tells Kelsang Pawo’s journey from drummer to monk.

Produced by Salt students Elizabeth Jenkins | For more of Elizabeth’s work: www.elizabeth-jenkins.squarespace.com


Salt is a non-profit school in Portland offering semester-long intensive programs in documentary writing, radio, photography and multimedia with a focus on powerful and responsible storytelling. What Salt does has been called ethnography, cultural journalism, oral history, folklore, qualitative sociology, documentary photography, visual anthropology, and non-fiction writing. But they are less concerned about what to call what they do than how they do it.

FMI: www.salt.edu | More videos from Salt: vimeo.com/saltinstitute


Peace of Mind Retreat: A Day of Inner Peace


Kelsang Pawo will be guiding a one-day retreat in Portland on Feb 8 at The Heart Opening, 227 Congress St.

The retreat is “designed to help you relax, renew, and revitalize your life. You will learn beneficial responses to daily stresses, relax your mind, meet like-minded friends, and experience a profound sense of inner peace. There will be guided meditations and short, informative teachings about how to remain clam, clear, and concentrated.”

FMI: meditationinmass.org/peace-retreat-portland | meditationinmass.org

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