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The Poetry of Zen (Paperback)

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    A Zen poem is nothing other than an expression of the enlightened mind, a handful of simple words that disappear beneath the moment of insight to which it bears witness. Poetry has been an essential aid to Zen Buddhist practice from the dawn of Zen—and......more

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A Zen poem is nothing other than an expression of the enlightened mind, a handful of simple words that disappear beneath the moment of insight to which it bears witness. Poetry has been an essential aid to Zen Buddhist practice from the dawn of Zen—and Zen has also had a profound influence on the secular poetry of the countries in which it has flourished. Here, two of America’s most renowned poets and translators provide an overview of Zen poetry from China and Japan in all its rich variety, from the earliest days to the twentieth century. Included are works by Lao Tzu, Han Shan, Li Po, Dogen Kigen, Saigyo, Basho, Chiao Jan, Yuan Mei, Ryokan, and many others. Hamill and Seaton provide illuminating introductions to the Chinese and Japanese sections that set the poets and their work in historical and philosophical context. Short biographies of the poets are also included.

Genre:
POETRY / Anthologies (multiple authors)
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
194
Language:
English
Publisher:
Shambhala Pubns
Publish Date:
02/13/2007
Copyright Year:
2004
ISBN:
9781590304259
Height:
6.75 in
Wdth:
4.25 in
Thickness:
0.75 in
Unit weight:
0.35 lb
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