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The Poetry Of Zen

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Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
February, 2007
ISBN:
9781590304259
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$18.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

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 companion to Zen Buddhist practice from the dawn of Zen—and Zen’s influence on the secular poetry of
China
,
Korea
, and
Japan
has been profound. In this lovely little Shambhala edition, poet Sam Hamill and J.P. Seaton showcase the rich variety of literary creativity inspired by Zen with an anthology of poetry from China and Japan by men and women, monks, royalty, and laypeople, from the beginnings of Zen to the early 20th century. Hamill, the founding editor of Copper Canyon Press in Port Townsend, Washington, and Seaton, one of the leading experts on Chinese poetry in America, provide fascinating and informative introductions that set the poets and their work in historical and philosophical context. Included are poems by Lao Tzu, Han Shan, Li Po, Dogen Kigen, Saigyo, Basho, Buso, Issa, Chiao Jan, Yuan Mei, Ryokan, and many others.

Summer grasses:

all that remains of great soldiers’

imperial dreams

Basho

*

Along the trail’s edge

beside a sparkling river

                        in the willow shade,

                      I lingered to take a nap—

Lingered, and I’m still here.

Saigyo

*

True, I may appear

unkempt like a rotting tree,

jetsam or flotsam,

but on the right occasion

this old heart can still blossom.

Kengei

Publisher’s Description: 

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 Zenand Zen has also had a profound influence on the secular poetry of the countries in which it has flourished. Here, two of Americas 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.

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