Douglas Penick was a research associate at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and studied and practiced under Tibetan Buddhist teachers for 30 years. He wrote the National Film Board of Canada’s prize winning two part series on the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Leonard Cohen, narrator) and the libretti for two operas: King Gesar (Sony CD w/ Ma, Serkin, Ax et. al.) and Ashoka’s Dream (Santa Fe Opera) with composer Peter Lieberson. He received a grant from The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry to write a new rendition the Gesar of Ling epic. Shorter works have appeared in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, Hungary, Pakistan, the Czech Republic, India, Malaysia, France (Parabola, Bombay Gin, Descant, Contrary, Agni, BODY, Cahiers de L’Herne, Hyperallergic, Tricycle etc.) Short performance pieces have been done in Canada, Israel, Germany, South Africa. His novel about the 3rd Ming Emperor, A Journey of the North Star is available from Publerati. His new novel about spiritual adventurers and their disappointments, Dreamers and Their Shadows, is available from Mountain Treasury Press.