Cold Mountain Poems: Zen Poems of Han Shan, Shih Te, and... and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Cold Mountain Poems: Zen Poems of Han Shan, Shih Te, and Wang Fan-chih (Shambhala Library)
 
 


or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Start reading Cold Mountain Poems on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Cold Mountain Poems: Zen Poems of Han Shan, Shih Te, and Wang Fan-chih (Shambhala Library) [Hardcover]

Han Shan , J. P. Seaton
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

List Price: $18.95
Price: $15.69 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
You Save: $3.26 (17%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, July 7? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $9.99  
Hardcover $15.69  
Paperback $13.41  
Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Book Description

July 21, 2009 Shambhala Library
The incomparable poetry of Han Shan (<st1:place w:st="on"> <st1:placename w:st="on">Cold</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Mountain</st1:placetype> </st1:place>) and his sidekick Shih Te, the rebel poets who became icons of Chinese poetry and Zen, has long captured the imagination of poetry lovers and Zen aficionados. Popularized in the West by Beat Generation writers Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac, these legendary T’ang era (618–907) figures are portrayed as the laughing, ragged pair who left their poetry on stones, trees, farmhouses, and the walls of the monasteries they visited. Their poetry expressed in the simplest verse but in a completely new tone, the voice of ordinary people.

Here premier translator J. P. Seaton takes a fresh look at these captivating poets, along with Wang Fan-chih, another “outsider” poet who lived a couple centuries later and who captured the poverty and gritty day-to-day reality of the common people of his time. Seaton’s comprehensive introduction and notes throughout give a fascinating context to this vibrant collection.

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

Cold Mountain Poems: Zen Poems of Han Shan, Shih Te, and Wang Fan-chih (Shambhala Library) + The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain (Mandarin Chinese and English Edition)
Price for both: $28.55

Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Page of Start over
This shopping feature will continue to load items. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading.

Editorial Reviews

Review

“These poems remind us of the ugliness of greed and hunger and the need to find peace and happiness in spite of them.”—Shambhala Sunspace

About the Author

J. P. Seaton is Professor of Chinese at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the translator of numerous books including The Poetry of Zen and The Shambhala Anthology of Chinese Poetry; his translations have been widely anthologized in such books as The Norton Anthology of World Poetry and The Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry.

Product Details

  • Series: Shambhala Library
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1 edition (July 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590306465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590306468
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,217,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
(7)
4.7 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cold fresh water from the mountains July 30, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
J P Seaton has brought us a new Han Shan who has a spring in his rhythmic step and a quick, off-balance poke in his lines. And, of course, a grin.
Seaton has obviously lived with these old outsiders--Han Shan, Shih Te, and Wang Fan-chih--for years and knows well their ways and explorations. These guys don't waste your time. Their poems come from their learning how to live lightly and well twelve hundred years or so ago. Hanging out with Han Shan, Shih Te, & Wang Fan-chih helps one stay sane.
Go ahead. Compare translations--Burton & Snyder & Hamill & Red Pine & Seaton. It's fun. Unless you know Chinese, how else can one get close to the poems? "[G]aze into the emptiness; to the ends of the earth . . . / You're alone, with ALL within" (Han Shan, XXXIII).
Go there! Stay or not; up to you!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great translation October 6, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I collect Han Shan. I started with Gary Snyder's, and moved on from there to about five different translations. Always rewarding, Han Shans translators make this wonderful poet come alive for us to enjoy. This little book though is very beautifully produced, and I just love having it around. The work itself is a joy and even if, like me you have a Han Shan or two around the place - this one will also bring joy. If you have never read much of his work then this book may be the place to start the journey, and climb the mountain and experience the peace and wisdom of this wonderful poet.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure pleasure August 16, 2013
By kassab
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A joy to read! I find myself rereading and highlighting on kindle my favourite poems, during dinner time I read them to my kids. The joy of the poems comes from on how much meaning we attach to them. As we know we can find meaning in anything we wish which can be a pleasure or pain yet Cold Mountain allows one to see and hear Han Shan laughing at us and encouraging us to go deeper.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Need an attitude adjustment? May 6, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The poems in this slim and well designed book (built in bookmarks) will remind you of the basic perceptions one needs to experience a thoughtful and satisfying life. The notes on some of the poems are helpful and the fact that W.S. Merwin (poet and also a translator) recommends this book convinced me to purchase the Seaton translation. I am so happy with this book I think I'll look into the other poet who also praised it. Carolyn Kizer, obviously a poet with good taste should be explored.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Cold Mountain Poems: Zen Poems of Han Shan, Shih Te, and Wang Fan-chih (Shambhala Library)
This item: Cold Mountain Poems: Zen Poems of Han Shan, Shih Te, and Wang Fan-chih (Shambhala Library)
Price: $15.69
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 



Look for Similar Items by Category