The Mountain Lantern Papers, Volume 1
The Mountain Lantern Papers is a unique creative project based upon a dream. The dream (shared below) is quite simple, yet it reverberates with luminous potency and potential.
In a nutshell, this is a unique, anonymous, community publishing venture. It invites visitors to participate in a dream visualization, and then -- based upon the experience of the visualization, and the content that surfaces -- to engage in the co-creation of The Mountain Lantern Papers through confidential, anonymous written and artistic contributions.
Once all submissions have been received, the editors of The Mountain Lantern Papers will seek to identify trend-lines and patterns for purposes of selecting an overarching theme. With the theme defined, all content will be woven together into a final digital form -- blending image, verse, and sound, and announced/shared on social media.
Your participation is by-invitation.
Your contribution is voluntary, anonymous, and held in strict confidentiality to ensure that you, one of many "mountain pilgrims," feels the protected freedom to say whatever you feel you need to say in your submission.
The end result? It is difficult to say, as The Mountain Lantern Papers are largely formless at this phase.
The vision: The Mountain Lantern Papers will be a storied collection of poems, poem fragments, dream flashes, songs, spells, rants, recipes, essays, confessions, declarations, off-gassing purifications, pronouncements, announcements, haikus, shamanic night-dream chants, and visual fire-offerings.
Upon completion of the writing, editing, design, and production of the final shape, The Mountain Lantern Papers will go on sale. 50% of all proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to__________________[charity]
An autumn full moon shines down upon a mountain. A walking path ascends the mountain through a combination of switchbacks that meander through old-growth forest. The switchbacks are illuminated by a series of stone and wooden lanterns, and numerous sets of stone stairs carry wandering pilgrims higher and higher toward the summit. At the top of the mountain is an ancient temple.
A group of people is on pilgrimage, scaling the path with the purpose of visiting the temple. People, young and old, ascend the path at night and arrive at the summit in silence. It is an ancient community ritual that has endured for thousands of years.
Once everyone arrives at the top of the mountain, the people sit on a wooden platform overlooking a valley, and quietly gaze at the moon.
Slowly, as each person feels complete with their communion with the great "mountain lantern" in the sky, one-by-one, three-by-three, they approach a small wooden box before making the return journey back down the mountain. You are among them.
You notice other people are writing something on pieces of rustic homemade paper, folding it, and dropping it into the wooden box.
Some people write a question. Some people write something they are letting go from their life. Others are calling something new into their life. Some people write a one line reflection. Other people are drawing sigils and markings, or writing lengthier reflections on the front and back of the paper.
After putting into the box whatever it is you felt moved to share, you and the rest of the people make your way back down the mountain.
You are now invited to travel to the top of the mountain. You can visit the moon-watching platform as many times as you would like. This is an open invitation for you
If you would like to participate in the creative project known as The Longshan Papers, use the form below to provide your contact information (never shared or sold) and use the 'Message' area to share a question stirring in your life
If you are interested in making a submission of something either in written or visual form and would prefer email, send your offering to: purelandpoetry[at]gmail[dot]com, SUBJECT LINE: Mountain Lantern Papers