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.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-02-13 - Publisher: Shambhala Publications
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
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999 - Publisher: Everyman's Library
A collection of translations of classical works by the Zen poets of China, Japan, and Korea captures the contemplative nature of Zen philosophy, its direct expression of intuitive insights, and its evocative revelation of sudden enlightenment.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher: Shambhala Publications
"The Zen monk Ryokan has become one of the most popular poets in Japanese history. Living in a small mountain hut rather than a temple, and preferring to play with children to ceremonies, he captured his warm humanity, gentle humor, and deep spirit in his poetry. This fine new translation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-12-01 - Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
From the editors of Zen Poems of China and Japan comes the largest and most comprehensive collection of its kind to appear in English. This collaboration between a Japanese scholar and an American poet has rendered translations both precise and sublime, and their selections, which span fifteen hundred years—from the
Type: BOOK - Published: 2000 - Publisher: Tuttle Pub
A selection of the poignant, insightful poetry of fourteenth-century Rinzai Zen master Jakushitsu is accompanied by thoughtful excerpts from Buddhist scripture and writings, information on Zen practice, and diary entries. Original.