Zen Poetry Book Suggestions

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  • Thomas
    Member
    • May 2014
    • 4

    Zen Poetry Book Suggestions

    Hi all,

    I'm looking for an easy to read zen poetry book, and wonder if you have good suggestions. I know Dogen wrote poems, but that's as far as my poetry skills goes, and I do not have any titles to search for.


    Gassho,
    Thomas

  • Kokuu
    Treeleaf Priest
    • Nov 2012
    • 6785

    #2
    Hi Thomas

    I love 'One Robe One Bowl' by Ryōkan.

    Gassho
    Andy

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    • Thomas
      Member
      • May 2014
      • 4

      #3
      Originally posted by Kokuu
      Hi Thomas

      I love 'One Robe One Bowl' by Ryōkan.

      Gassho
      Andy
      Thanks Kokuu, I'll look into that one. Do you happen to know any of Dogen's titles as well?

      Gassho
      Thomas

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      • Taigu
        Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage Priest
        • Aug 2008
        • 2710

        #4
        This one:



        Quite good although sometimes dry ( the guy is not a poet and does not sit)

        Gassho

        T.

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        • Thomas
          Member
          • May 2014
          • 4

          #5
          Thanks Taigu! It appears that I already have bought "One Robe, One Bowl", so I've started reading it. My apartment may need some cleaning up , but I'm sure I don't have the Dogen book.

          Gassho
          Thomas

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          • Jundo
            Treeleaf Founder and Priest
            • Apr 2006
            • 39454

            #6
            Originally posted by Thomas
            Thanks Kokuu, I'll look into that one. Do you happen to know any of Dogen's titles as well?

            Gassho
            Thomas
            Hi T,

            Steve Heine told me he sits, but yes, the book can be a quite dry literary analysis of Dogen's poetry.

            Gassho, J
            ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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            • Mp

              #7
              Hello Thomas,

              I also love "Sky Above, Great Wind - the life and poetry of Zen Master Ryokan. http://www.shambhala.com/sky-above-great-wind.html

              Gassho
              Shingen

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              • Myosha
                Member
                • Mar 2013
                • 2974

                #8
                Hello,

                A bunch (flock?, gaggle?) of Zen monk poets: The Clouds Should Know By Now, Red Pine, editor.








                Gassho,
                Myosha
                Last edited by Myosha; 06-12-2014, 04:51 PM. Reason: a murder of crows
                "Recognize suffering, remove suffering." - Shakyamuni Buddha when asked, "Uhm . . .what?"

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                • adrianbkelly
                  Member
                  • Jun 2012
                  • 214

                  #9
                  Hi Thomas,
                  I really enjoyed all of the above & can also recommend "The Poetry of Zen" by J P Seaton & Sam Hamill



                  _/\_
                  Ade

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                  • Genshin
                    Member
                    • Jan 2013
                    • 467

                    #10
                    I second that!

                    Gassho
                    Genshin

                    Originally posted by Shingen
                    Hello Thomas,

                    I also love "Sky Above, Great Wind - the life and poetry of Zen Master Ryokan. http://www.shambhala.com/sky-above-great-wind.html

                    Gassho
                    Shingen

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                    • Byokan
                      Treeleaf Unsui
                      • Apr 2014
                      • 4288

                      #11
                      Hi Thomas,

                      A favorite on my shelf:

                      Japanese Death Poems by Yoel Hoffmann

                      Gassho
                      Lisa
                      展道 渺寛 Tendō Byōkan
                      Please take my words with a big grain of salt. I know nothing. Wisdom is only found in our whole-hearted practice together.

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                      • Seimyo
                        Member
                        • Jan 2012
                        • 861

                        #12
                        +1 Sky Above, Great Wind.

                        明 Seimyō (Christhatischris)

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