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The Driftwood Shrine

Discovering Zen in American Poetry

By John Gendo Wolff, Gerry Shishin Wick (Foreword by)

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Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Published In: United States, 25 August 2016
Representing a new approach to the West's evolving understanding of Buddhism, The Driftwood Shrine is the first collection of Zen teachings to be based on the poems of great American writers. In reassuring, forthright, and often surprising language, Wolff explains how Emily Dickinson, William Carlos Williams, H.D., Richard Wright, and many other poets enshrined the gentle light of the Buddha's teaching in their work. Poetry lovers and Zen practitioners alike will find themselves moved toward a penetrating awareness of the realms of spiritual resolve, impermanence, desire, faith, and awakening.

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Through a two way mirror, American poetry and Zen mutually illuminate in this wise telling of the human story of awakening, rendered warm, intimate and authentic in its glimpses of the author's own struggle and journey. Gendo Sensei holds nothing back in this compelling invitation to come face-to-face with ourselves through a fresh look at some of our most beloved master poets. -- Susan Myoyu Andersen, Roshi, abbot Great Plains Zen Center. Rather than treating Zen as an exotic import from the East, this wonderful series of meditations discerns and extracts its essence from the heart of American poetry. Stephen Batchelor, author of After Buddhism. I was deeply moved by this book. This is something subtle and beautiful, brought to us by a wise and generous teacher. Here the heart of the Zen way is fully revealed as we read some of the great poetry of the West. -- James Ishmael Ford, Roshi, author of "If You're Lucky, Your Heart Will Break: Field Notes from a Zen Life." An eloquent, insightful and intriguingly personal account of the fl ourishing of the Zen mind in American writing, starting long before the word and the practice were known here, down through the glory days of the Beat Generation. The author fi nds in close readings of many poems some of the brilliance, humor and glad perplexity of the koan. -- Robert Kelly, author of "In Time."

EAN: 9781896559285
ISBN: 189655928X
Publisher: Sumeru Press Inc.
Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24 x 0.94 centimetres (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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