The Poetry of Zen [NOOK Book]

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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...

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The Poetry of Zen

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Overview



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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
 "A major collection."—Booklist

"The poets in this superb collection pay attention to the wonders of the natural world, the signs of precariousness of life in all living beings, the little changes that comprise each day, and the small details that are often missed by those who are less observant."—Spirituality & Health

“These evocative poems capture the ephemera of nature with uncanny starkness.”—Buddhadharma

"There is no need to be mystical or religious to enjoy this writing."—The Bloomsbury Review

"This is a book to enrich our life and our practice, a collection that encourages us to be mindful, to keep at it. Read it, and sit."—Tricycle

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834825086
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/12/2012
  • Series: Shambhala Publications
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 474,067
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Sam Hamill has translated more than two dozen books from ancient Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Latin, and Estonian. He has published fourteen volumes of original poetry. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Mellon Fund. He was awarded the Decoración de la Universidad de Carabobo in Venezuela, the Lifetime Achievement Award in Poetry from Washington Poets Association, and the PEN American Freedom to Write Award. He cofounded and served as Editor at Copper Canyon Press for thirty-two years and is the Director of Poets Against War.

J. P. Seaton is Professor of Chinese at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the translator of numerous books, including The Poetry of Zen and The Shambhala Anthology of Chinese Poetry, and his poetry translations have been widely anthologized in such books as The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry, The Norton Anthology of World Poetry, and The Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry.

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PO
CHU-I

(772–846)

After
Reading Lao Tzu

"One
who speaks does not know; one who knows does not speak."

Thus
I have been instructed by the Old Master.

If
you tell me the Old Master was one who knew, I ask,

Why
did he write five thousand words to explain it?

Invitation
to Liu the 19th

Clear,
fresh, Lu-yi sake

warms
on my little stove.

This
evening sky may bring snow.

Come
enjoy a cup with me.

LIU
TSUNG-YUAN

(773–819)

Snowy
River

The
birds have vanished

from
a thousand mountains.

On
a thousand trails,

not
a single human sign.

A
little boat,

a
bamboo hat and cloak—

the
old man, alone,

fishing
the snowy river.

MATSUO
BASHO

(1644–1682)

Selected
Haiku

Under
full blossom—

a
spirited monk and

a
flirtatious wife

Within
the skylark's song—

the
distinct rhythm of

the
pheasant's cry

Kannon's
tiled temple

roof
floats far away in clouds

of
cherry blossoms

How
very noble!

One
who finds no satori

in
the lightning flash

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Table of Contents


Preface
1

PART
ONE: CHINESE POEMS

Introduction
to the Chinese Poems by J. P. Seaton

11

LaoTzu
21

T'ao
Ch'ien 24

Hseih
Ling-yun 25

Hui
Yung 27

Wang
Fan-chih 28

Hsuan
Chueh 29

Han
Shan 30

Shih
Te 35

Meng
Hao-jan 38

Wang
Ch'ang-ch'ing 49

Li
Po 41

Wand
Wei 43

Ch'ang
Chien 48

Liu
Ch'ang-ch'ing 49

Tu
Fu 50

Ch'ien
Ch'i 55

Chiao
Jan 57

Wei
Ying-wu 60

Chang
Chi 61

Po
Chu-i 62

Liu
Tsung-yuan 63

Tu
Mu 65

Wu
Pen (Chia Tao) 66

Kuan
Hsiu 67

Anonymous
Sung Dynasty Nun 73

Su
Tung-p'o 74

Hung
chih Cheng-chueh 76

Yuan
Mei 77

Ching
An 83

Po
Ching (Su Man-shu) 87

PART
TWO: JAPANESE POEMS

Introduction
to the Japanese Poems by Sam Hamill

91

The
Priest Mansei 99

The
Monk Kengei 100

Sojo
Henjô 101

The
Monk Sosei 102

Ki
no Tsurayuki 103

Saigyo
104

Fujiwara
no Ietaka 114

The
Priest Jakuren 115

Fujiwara
no Teika 116

Asukai
Masatsune 117

Dogen
Kigen 118

Koho
Kennichi 120

Emperor
Fushima 121

Empress
Eifuku Mon-in 122

Muso
Soseki 123

Ikkyu
Sojun 124

Sogi
131

Soin
132

Anonymous
133

Matsuo
Basho 134

Selections
from
Narrow
Road to the Interior

134

Selections
from
Travelogue
of Weather-beaten Bones

139

Selections
from
The
Knapsack Notebook

143

Selected
Haiku by Basho 147

Kikaku
154

Onitsura
155

Buson
156

Ryokan
159

Chinese-Style
Poems 159

Japanese
Poems 166

Kobayashi
Issa 168

Selections
from
The
Spring of My Life

168

Selected
Haiku by Issa 175

Notes
on the Poets

181

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