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    Question 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


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    Hi Thomas

    I love 'One Robe One Bowl' by Ryōkan.

    Gassho
    Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kokuu View Post
    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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    Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage Priest Taigu's Avatar
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    This one:

    http://www.amazon.com/Zen-Poetry-Dog.../dp/0804831076

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

    Gassho

    T.
    Taigu, teacher at Treeleaf Sangha, was born in 1964, started Zazen early and received Shukke Tokudo in 1983 at age 18 from Rev. Mokusho Zeisler of the Deshimaru Lineage. Received Dharma Transmission from Chodo Cross in 2002. Now resides in Osaka, Japan.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas View Post
    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
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    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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    Hello,

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

    http://www.amazon.com/Clouds-Should-...ds+should+know


    http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Clouds-S...should+know+me



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

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Poetry-Zen-J...+poetry+of+zen

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    Ade

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    Senior Member Genshin's Avatar
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    I second that!

    Gassho
    Genshin

    Quote Originally Posted by Shingen View Post
    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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    Hi Thomas,

    A favorite on my shelf:

    Japanese Death Poems by Yoel Hoffmann

    Gassho
    Lisa

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    +1 Sky Above, Great Wind.

    明 Seimyō (Christhatischris)

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