Where the World Does Not Follow: Buddhist China in Picture and PoemPaperback
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- Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S.
- Format: Paperback | 128 pages
- Dimensions: 216mm x 251mm x 15mm | 567g
- Publication date: 1 November 2002
- Publication City/Country: Somerville
- ISBN 10: 0861713095
- ISBN 13: 9780861713097
- Edition statement: Wisdom ed.
- Illustrations note: pho
- Sales rank: 500,006
Gorgeous and unique, "Where the World Does Not Follow" captures an almost-hidden China. Acclaimed translator Mike O'Connor and photographer Steven Johnson uncover a world rarely seen by outsiders--even as they capture it in its everyday beauty. O'Connor's translations of poems from China's Tang Dynasty sing in the present day, while Johnson's photographs reveal a modern-day China that seems almost unchanged by the passing of centuries. Chinese authorities are only now allowing access to ancient Buddhist sites and many writings and devotional objects are being made available for the first time in decades. These poems written by Zen and Taoist hermit-sages, together with the crisp yet almost dreamlike images capture the aesthetic, literary, and spiritual roots of Buddhist China. "Where the World Does Not Follow" provides insight into a world that very few have been able to visit--and a time difficult even to imagine. O'Connor and Johnson's book is a hymn to nature, to the art of photography, and to the common beauty of humanity that extends to us like a silk thread from another time and place.
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Mike O'Connor is a poet and translator. He has published three volumes of his own poetry in addition to translating two volumes of the work of Buddhist poet Chia Tao. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington. Steven R. Johnson is a leading photographer, specializing in landscapes of China and his work is included in books including "The Road to Heaven."
""Where the World Does Not Follow" is splendid. Not only is it aesthetically beautiful and elegantly laid out but I feel that it fills an important need for Western Zen practitioners. Most of us have not visited China and so our experiential grasp of the landscape and culture that the great Zen teachers of the Tang dynasty is limited, if not non-existent. The photographs, complemented by the poems, allow us to experience the world of Joshu and Rinzai as never before. That, surely, can only enhance our grasp of their profound teaching... We keep the book prominently displayed in our sangha room."--Janet Jiryu Abels, Sensei, Still Mind Zendo, NYC