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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Collection, 19 Aug 2010
This review is from: Zen Works of Stonehouse, The (Paperback)
Award winning translator Red Pine (b. 1943) has done a great service in producing this bilingual and annotated edition of the poems, gathas and talks of this great Chan (Zen) hermit/poet. In addition to the fine translations Red Pine has also provided, as ever, some fine introductory material and illuminating notes.

"Stonehouse [ Shih-Wu (1272-1352)] has been called the greatest of all Zen monks who made poetry their medium of instruction. Now all of the great hermit monk`s poetry, including Mountain Poems and Gathas, as well as his most illuminating instructional talks, delivered while serving at imperial request as abbot of a Zen monastery, can be read in Red Pine`s superb translations."
-Back cover

"Red Pine has done a real service...the copious notes that accompany the translations, in addition to explaining the doctrinal background of Stonehouse`s writings, draw extensively on Porter`s wide firsthand knowledge of China and Chinese Buddhist life, giving them an engagingly personal tone. And for the poems Red Pine has devised an unusual translation style that not only captures much of the flavour of the Chinese originals but at the same time works splendidly in English. All in all, an admirable achievement!"
-Burton Watson.

"Red Pine`s translation transports us to China in the 14th century, transfixes us in the beauty of the hermit poet`s work, and demonstrates the transformative power of a Zen adept`s work."
-Michael Wenger.

Also of interest may be The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain, also by Red Pine.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an instant classic, 2 Dec 2009
This review is from: Zen Works of Stonehouse, The (Paperback)
Red Pine really has worked a marvel with this book. His concise and revealing notes are almost as enlightening as the actual text. The translations are, as ever, top notch and this book would grace any bookshelf. First class.
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