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  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media (30 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626549311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626549319
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,295,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful portrait of a difficult but spiritual life 11 April 2014
By Jane Morris - Published on Amazon.com
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At the age of 33 in 1823, a brave woman "shaved her head, vowing to renounce the world" and assumed the name Lotus Moon or Rengetsu. Learn how through two marriages and the lose of children she became one of the greatest female Buddhist nuns of Japan. Translator John Stevens shares essays about her, poems by her, as well as photos or her pottery and paintings. You will also learn about her talents as a martial artist!

It is worth reading this book even if you are unfamiliar with Buddhist poetry, in fact, its a wonderful introduction. I love the raw symbolism found in the poem Nadeshiko (a shrub traditionally representative of purity and love). "Flowers covered with dew, Makes me recall how I once smoothed out, My children's tangled, Morning hair on my sleeve."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
well done 6 Aug. 2014
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Stevens has given us a gift in this subtle translation of a woman who made poetry from the many transitions in her life. She recreated herself so many times, flowing with the events in her life. Her journey as a person, and the humor and beauty she finds, are memorable.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great portrait of a an artist 10 April 2014
By Robert Noha - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is a marvelous combination of poetry, biography and art photos. You get a wonderful feeling for this great Japanese artist.
Lovely poetry by a talented and remarkable individual. 31 Dec. 2014
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Lovely poetry by a talented and remarkable individual.
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