RADIO SHENYEN is the blog of Tibetan Buddhist monk Tenzin Shenyen, with its own dedicated space on Tumblr and Blogspot. Radio Shenyen is a blog part poetry, part diary, part letter, by the British born Tibetan Buddhist monk, Martin Hodgson, aka Tenzen Shenyen.
Shenyen received monk’s vows from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in July 2004. Shenyen, that means ‘friend’, has spent the last ten years in different parts of the the world, allowing the blessing of the tradition to mingle with the secular beauties of his own culture. In 2008 alone Shenyen slept in 93 different places. His office consists of “a rolled up copy of Artforum and an old Nokia 100.”
In October 2014, Shenyen spoke at the Nordic Service Design Network’s conference on ‘Creating Value for Quality of Life.’ His talk brought a fresh perspective to design, arguing that karma and experience cannot be correlated for predictable effect, much less be designed.
The task of designers today is to ride the chaos and make decisions characterised by ‘innocence’ and precision. From cinema directors to kamikaze pilots, from biographeme to biography and back, Shenyen traces a soft logic lineage of ‘contemporaries across millennia’.