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The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry

The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Mitchell
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An anthology of poetry chosen from the world's great religious and literary traditions--the perfect companion to the bestselling Tao Te Ching.

• The Upanishads • The Book of Psalms • Lao-tzu • The Bhagavad Gita • Chuang-tzu • The Odes of Solomon • Seng-ts'an • Han-shan • Li Po • Tu Fu • Layman P'ang • Kukai • Tung-shan • Symeon the New Theologian • Izumi Shikibu • Su Tung-p'o • Hildegard of Bingen • Francis of Assisi • Wu-men • Dõgen • Rumi • Mechthild of Magdeburg • Dante • Kabir Mirabai • William Shakespeare • George Herbert • Bunan • Gensei • Angelus Silesius • Thomas Traherne • Basho • William Blake • Ryõkan • Issa • Ghalib • Bibi Hayati • Wait Whitman • Emily Dickinson • Gerard Manley Hopkins • Uvavnuk • Anonymous Navaho • W. B. Yeats • Antonio Machado • Rainer Maria Rilke • Wallace Stevens • D.H. Lawrence • Robinson Jeffers •


An anthology of poems from the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, Chinese and Japanese Buddhist masters, and Christian poets.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 217 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (25 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V1WUD0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #354,012 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The Enlightened Heart is a collection of joyous poems that come from many cultures and from across the ages. These poems seem to have been chosen because they try to express the inexpressible! Moments of feeling close to the the "invisible and unknowable essence" and how a seeker treads that path. Mostly short poems, they have been translated, where necessary, into simple and beautiful English by some of the major poets of our time. There is lovely balance to the book, as in the brevity of the poems and the depth of the theme. But the depth of the theme never leads to seriousness. Rather it is full of humor and passion. There are strong women poets included for the beginnings of a much needed gender balance.
Each poet's dates are given, and in the back there is a set of background notes on the poets that makes great reading in itself, and includes books for further reading. The book doesn't try to be comprehensive - not every poem ever written about "true poverty and absolute nothingnees" is included, nor does it try to cover every culture. However it stands alone as a delightful collection, never sentimental, which can be dipped into, or read cover to cover, as I did on my first encounter.
In the years since then I've often opened it, and usually keep a few copies - as I'm now prone to giving it away to anyone who shows a little excitement about their own path, or just a love of poetry. It's also a great taster for someone who thinks they don't like poetry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful poetry 3 Oct 2001
By merrymousies - Published on
I bought this book after reading about it in my yoga magazine thinking I could really use a good book of poems to ponder and this book is terrific. The poems really will quiet your mind. I love that such a wide array of authors are represented - from Rumi to Dogen to Emily Dickenson to Walt Whitman. A great collection. Glad I bought it.
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you can hold the whole world in your hands 10 May 2000
By william woolum - Published on
Elegantly, Stephen Mitchell has compiled sublime poetry from the world's sacred traditions in this inspiring collection. In a single reading one can experience the lyrical wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita, paradoxical precision of Chuang-Tzu, enthusiasm of Gerard Manley Hopkins, and the sensuality of Rumi and the Song of Solomon. When poets of the sacred explore the divine, whether as a part of a religious tradition or apart from religious tradition, all rises and all converges. Beauty reigns. This collection invites one to hold the whole world of the sacred in one's hands and savor the mystical beauty of poetry and divinity.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for meditation and life reflections 17 Mar 1998
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The collection of poetry from various spiritual teachers within this book finds its way into the talks I give at church, correspondence with friends, and meditation moments. I borrowed this book from our church library, and have found it so inspiring I couldn't let it go back until I found a copy for my personal library...I've had the book for over a year. It is my favorite collection of spiritual poetry.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry of spirit throughout the ages - delightful reading 11 Oct 2000
By Michael Schelb - Published on
Much like Mitchell's Tao Te Ching this selection of poerty from various spiritual traditions is a joy to read and a nice tool for reflection and meditation. Zazen On The Mountain by Li Po has become my favorite poem and this work has been helpful to me in many ways. The Enlightened Heart is a lovely book and a great companion to his Tao Te Ching. Thumbs up for Mitchell's work as editor.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a treasure 7 Oct 1997
By A Customer - Published on
I received this book as a gift many years ago, and have given it as a gift countless times. Stephen Mitchell has culled sacred poetry from most Western and Eastern traditions, and translated it beautifully. I go back to this book again and again. At different points in my life, different poems appeal to me. For instance, after my house was robbed, I found a haiku: "The thief left it behind / the moon / at my window."

This is a great bar mitzvah or confirmation gift.
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