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    DescriptionWomen played major roles in the history of Buddhist China, but given the paucity of the remaining records, their voices have all but faded. In "Daughters of Emptiness," Beata Grant renders a great service by recovering and translating the enchanting verse - by turns assertive, observant, devout - of forty-eight nuns from sixteen centuries of imperial China. This selection of poems, along with the brief biographical accounts that accompany them, affords readers a glimpse into the extraordinary diversity and sometimes startling richness of these women's lives. A sample poem for this stunning collection: The sequence of seasons naturally pushes forward, Suddenly I am startled by the ending of the year. Lifting my eyes I catch sight of the winter crows, Calling mournfully as if wanting to complain. The sunlight is cold rather than gentle, Spreading over the four corners like a cloud. A cold wind blows fitfully in from the north, Its sad whistling filling courtyards and houses. Head raised, I gaze in the direction of Spring, But Spring pays no attention to me at all. Time a galloping colt glimpsed through a crack, The tap [of Death] at the door has its predestined time. How should I not know, one who has left the world, And for whom floating clouds are already familiar? In the garden there grows a rosary-plum tree: Whose sworn friendship makes it possible to endure. - Chan Master Jingnuo

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    Daughters of Emptiness
    Poems by Buddhist Nuns of China
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Beata Grant
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    ISBN 13: 9780861713622
    ISBN 10: 0861713621

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    Wisdom Publications,U.S.
    Imprint name
    Wisdom Publications,U.S.
    Publication date
    01 December 2003
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    Author Information
    Beata Grant is professor of Chinese and Religious Studies (Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures) at Washington University. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
    Review quote
    "A landmark collection of exquisite poems scrupulously gathered and translated by Beata Grant. Grant provides an impressively compact and readable overview of the changing fortunes of Buddhist nuns in China, from the fourth century to the present."--Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly