Power of Enlightenment: ZEN PoemsHardback
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- Publisher: BetterLink Press Incorporated
- Format: Hardback | 176 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 188mm x 25mm | 318g
- Publication date: 19 June 2014
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 160220148X
- ISBN 13: 9781602201484
- Sales rank: 486,049
In the 1600 years since the arrival of Indian Buddhism in China, Buddhist monks and scholars integrated the essence of Zen Buddhist thought with the classic forms of Chinese literature to create over 30,000 simple, lively poems of deep moral significance. These Zen poems are beloved by students of Zen and the layperson alike. In "The Power of Enlightenment," Prof. Wu Yansheng selected 66 classic poems by 54 historical scholars or monks. These poems represent the highest achievement of Zen poetry, with extraordinary depth of feeling and understanding. Each poem is a delight to the senses and presents a garden of peace that brings restlessness to an end.
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Professor Wu Yansheng holds doctorates in literature and philosophy and is currently Director of the Institute of Buddhist Studies and professor and supervisor of doctoral candidates at Shaanxi Normal University. He is also editor-in-chief of "Chinese Zen Studies."