A Zen Wave: Basho's Haiku and Zen

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Zen Buddhism distinguishes itself by brilliant flashes of insight and its terseness of expression. The haiku verse form is a superb means of studying Zen modes of thought and expression, for its seventeen syllables impose a rigorous limitation that confines the poet to vital experience. Here haiku by Bashõ are translated by Robert Aitken, with commentary that provides a new and far deeper understanding of Bashõ’s work than ever before.

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Overview


Zen Buddhism distinguishes itself by brilliant flashes of insight and its terseness of expression. The haiku verse form is a superb means of studying Zen modes of thought and expression, for its seventeen syllables impose a rigorous limitation that confines the poet to vital experience. Here haiku by Bashõ are translated by Robert Aitken, with commentary that provides a new and far deeper understanding of Bashõ’s work than ever before.

In presenting themes from the haiku and from Zen literature that open the doors both to the poems and to Zen itself, Aitken has produced the first book about the relationship between Zen and haiku. His readers are certain to find it invaluable for the remarkable revelations it offers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834801370
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1979
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 191
  • Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
1 The Old Pond 3
2 The Mountain Path 8
3 Autumn in Kiso 14
4 Wisteria Flowers 20
5 Quail 25
6 Suma in Summer 31
7 That 36
8 That's Interesting 43
9 The Shepherd's Purse 49
10 This Road 55
11 The Morning Glory and the Butterfly 60
12 The Four-and-a-Half-Mat Room 65
13 Bush Clover and the Moon 71
14 The Go'i 75
15 Traveler 80
16 Hailstones 85
17 The Cricket 92
18 Dreams 97
19 Cherry Blossoms 102
20 The Bagworm 109
21 Blossom Viewing 114
22 Birds Crying 119
23 Miming 125
24 The Beginning of Culture 130
25 The Priest and Chrysanthemum Flowers 135
26 Net of the Law 139
Glossary of Selected Terms 143
Notes 145
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