Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. Buddhism. An Exhibit at the Rubin Museum, New York, on Padamsambhava, also known as Second Buddha hurls Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu Sharma into action. Right there he starts working on a long poem inspired by the life and times of the Buddhist saint who in the 8th century visited Tibet via Nepal and converted 'Red-faced' Tibetans into Buddhists. Thus the Second Buddha motif emerges referring to Padmasambhava as the Second Buddha and represents the way in which past can become present. In another painting, the recognition of one of Padma's disciples, named Tangtong Gyelpo, is drawn as an iron chain in his right hand. By building across the Might Rivers, the disciple is said to have transformed the physical landscape of Tibet. Very much the Vedic hymns, Yuyutsu believes, that the ancient masters wrote and left in the caves for posterity, Padma's shining icons of time and space are treasures to be explored on a daily basis to heal the wounds wrought by nine-eyed demons in our routine lives.
Recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, Trubar Foundation, Slovenia, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, Yuyutsu Ram Dass Sharma is a world renowned Himalayan poet and translator. He has published ten poetry collections including, The Second Buddha Walk, A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems, Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems, Nepal Trilogy, Space Cake, Amsterdam and Annapurna Poems. Three books of his poetry, Poemes de l' Himalayas (L'Harmattan, Paris), Poemas de Los Himalayas (Cosmopoeticia, Cordoba, Spain) and Jezero Fewa & Konj (Sodobnost International) have appeared in French, Spanish and Slovenian respectively. In addition, Eternal Snow: A Worldwide Anthology of One Hundred Twenty-Five Poetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma. He has held workshops in creative writing and translation at Queen's University, Belfast, University of Ottawa and South Asian Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany, University of California, Davis, Sacramento State University, California, Beijing Open University, New York University, New York and Columbia University, New York. His works have appeared in Poetry Review, Chanrdrabhaga, Sodobnost, Mudfish, Amsterdam Weekly, Indian Literature, Rattapallax, Irish Pages, Drunken Boat, Califragile, Delo, Modern Poetry in Translation, Exiled Ink, Iton77, Little Magazine, The Telegraph, Indian Express, and Asiaweek. Half the year, he travels and reads all over the world and conducts Creative Writing workshops at various universities in North America and Europe but goes trekking in the Himalayas when back home. Currently, Yuyutsu Sharma edits Pratik: A Quarterly Magazine of Contemporary Author City: IND