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A Drifting Boat: Chinese Zen Poetry

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This anthology gathers together over 1500 years of Chinese Zen (Ch'an) poetry from the earliest writing, including the Hsin Hsin Ming written by the 3rd Patriarch, to the poetry of monks in this century. Poets include Wang Wei, Li Po, Tu Fu, Yuan Mei, the crazy hermits Han-shan and Shih-te, as well as many anonymous monks and hermits. This anthology gathers together over 1500 years of Chinese Zen (Ch'an) poetry from the earliest writing, including the Hsin Hsin Ming written by the 3rd Patriarch, to the poetry of monks in this century. Poets include Wang Wei, Li Po, Tu Fu, Yuan Mei, the crazy hermits Han-shan and Shih-te, as well as many anonymous monks and hermits.


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This anthology gathers together over 1500 years of Chinese Zen (Ch'an) poetry from the earliest writing, including the Hsin Hsin Ming written by the 3rd Patriarch, to the poetry of monks in this century. Poets include Wang Wei, Li Po, Tu Fu, Yuan Mei, the crazy hermits Han-shan and Shih-te, as well as many anonymous monks and hermits. This anthology gathers together over 1500 years of Chinese Zen (Ch'an) poetry from the earliest writing, including the Hsin Hsin Ming written by the 3rd Patriarch, to the poetry of monks in this century. Poets include Wang Wei, Li Po, Tu Fu, Yuan Mei, the crazy hermits Han-shan and Shih-te, as well as many anonymous monks and hermits.

30 review for A Drifting Boat: Chinese Zen Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Riku Sayuj

    All the poems are so well translated and seems to keep true to their original innocence and wonder. Each piece in this collection should be repeated multiple times to feel its true resonance - like the humming and the mumbling that these poets talk of when they talk of chanting poetry. The gibbons chattering, the moonlight flowing over you, the soft wind caressing, the lofty mountains for friends, the white clouds playful all around and the other minute yet infinite details of a secluded life tak All the poems are so well translated and seems to keep true to their original innocence and wonder. Each piece in this collection should be repeated multiple times to feel its true resonance - like the humming and the mumbling that these poets talk of when they talk of chanting poetry. The gibbons chattering, the moonlight flowing over you, the soft wind caressing, the lofty mountains for friends, the white clouds playful all around and the other minute yet infinite details of a secluded life take special meaning in each repetitive but strangely innovative verse. And of course, the boats keep drifting, empty, alone; filled only with the silver moonlight. My favorite one: River. Snow. A thousand mountains. Flying birds vanish. Ten thousand paths. Human traces erased. One boat, bamboo hat, bark cape — an old man. Alone with his hook. Cold river. Snow.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

    Great book to relax with or meditate.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Don Wentworth

    An interesting, focused (Zen) collection of Chinese poetry by veteran translators J.P. Seaton and Dennis Maloney. Some fine work here from one of our most important small literary presses, White Pine. Definitely worth a read for those interested inboth Chinese poetry and Zen.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tim Smith

    When you try to stop activity to achieve passivity your very effort fills you with activity. As long as you remain in one extreme or the other you will never know Oneness.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anita Wirawan

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    Jeremy Ray

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    Craig Dove

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    Tony Paese

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    John Elvin

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    Alexis Smith

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    Brian Watson

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    Diego

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