Posts Tagged "Red Pine"

What I’m Reading

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Archive | 5 comments

What I’m Reading

I’m reading three books at the same time. My husband doesn’t understand that, but it makes perfect sense to me. Different books for different moods, different levels of energy, different levels of willingness to dig in. I often find that they speak to each other—don’t you, those of you who do that? Not intentionally, but still. Book one is The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World, by Elaine Scarry (Oxford U. Press, 1985). I ordered this one (from my local indie bookstore) on someone’s recommendation.  It’s weighty and slow and brilliant. The “unmaking” part...

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Zen Monk Blogger

Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Archive | 3 comments

Zen Monk Blogger

The eighth-century hermit poet Cold Mountain, or Han-shan, looked like a tramp. He wore a birch bark hat, his clothes were ragged and worn out, and his shoes were wood. Jack Kerouac dedicated The Dharma Bums to him in 1958. I’ve been reading the translations of Cold Mountain’s poetry by Red Pine [Bill Porter],  one of the preeminent, if not the preeminent, scholar and translator of Buddhist texts. Han Shan as depicted by Soga Sho-haku Image courtesy of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts The poet Cold Mountain’s identity is still a mystery, He called himself Han-shan, or Cold Mountain,...

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