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Constance Wilkinson has a BA from SUNY at Old Westbury (Planting Fields Experimental College) and a MFA (creative writing/poetry) from Sarah Lawrence College. She worked for Betty Kray at the Academy of American Poets in New York, and founded and ran an experimental theater, Kukuryku, in New York City, for many years. She wrote, taught and performed at the Cloud Chamber and at theater festivals in the USA and Europe, such as the Dusseldorf Schauspielhaus and the Munich Theater Festival.
She attended the Vajradhatu Vajrayana Seminary of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1982 at Bedford Springs then studied and lived in Nepal from 1984 to 1993 with a number of distinguished Tibetan refugee teachers. She taught English at the American English Language Institute in Kathmandu, studied Nepali at Tribhuvan University, and Tibetan language at the Marpa Institute of Translation in Boudhnath. She also worked as a writer for Nepal Traveller, Asia Travel Trade, and as an editor for development projects.
She is now a licensed psychotherapist specializing in treating chronic complex PTSD.
[in order of appearance] Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, Chattral Rinpoche, Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
With Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche: "Heart-Essence of the Great Masters" by Dudjom Rinpoche www.sealevel.ca/heart/heart.html ; "A Prayer to Recognize My Own Faults and Keep In Mind the Objects of Refuge" by Dudjom Rinpoche (Sahayogi Press, Kathmandu). Also via internet sealevel.ns.ca/buddha/
With Kiki Ekselius: "What A Bodhisattva Does" by Ngulchu Thogme, Sahayogi Press (also www.sealevel.ca/bodhi/ ) "The Torch That Clarifies the Essentials of the Ocean of Views" by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyatso, "On the Meaning of the Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma, Showing that They Are Not Contradictory" by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche; "A Concise Analysis of Differing Approaches to Reality" by Khenpo Chodrak Tenphel, "The Buddha, the Dharma, the Sangha: A Selection from Jamgon Kongtrul I's Commentary on the Mahayanaottaratantrasasta by Maitreya through Asanga" for "The Nalandakirti Journal" Karma Sri Nalanda Institute, Sikkim. "Small Song of 'Do As You Please'" by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. [Khandroling Newsletter, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1991; The Mirror, Tsegyalgar ~1994]
"Advice From Me to Myself" by Patrul Rinpoche (www.sealevel.ca/patrul )
English poetry versions and editing of "The Life of Shabkar: The Autobiography of a Tibetan Yogin," SUNY Press, 1992, tr. Matthieu Ricard and the Padmakara Translation Group.
Various editing projects for Shang-Shung Institute with Nancy Simmons.
Her poetry has appeared in anthologies and small literary magazines such as The Paris Review, The Mississippi Review, Nimrod, Aphra, Hanging Loose, Chelsea, Spiny Babbler; "An Anthology of Women Poets," (Dremen Press) and "For Neruda/For Chile," (Beacon Press). Translations from Nepali of poetry by Manjul.
Her plays "Sacco and Vanzetti Meet Julius & Ethel Rosenberg!! (or, Patrick Henry in Hell)" and "Mister Cripple Kicks the Bucket" premiered off-off Broadway in New York City. Other plays include work with Kuku Ryku Theater Lab, Inc.; "No Quarter for Curs," "You Only Hurt the One You Love," Extreme Off-Off Broadway Alliance in Kathmandu, Nepal and at Cape Rep in New England. "Vengeance Is Mine, Sayeth Marie," PACT, Cape Cod; "Wasn't a Cold Day" (work-in-progress)
Love Songs of the 6th Dalai Lama
Unpublished Works (completed)
"Calling the Lama From Afar" by Dudjom Rinpoche; "Prayer of Mahamudra"