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Reflection Haiku: Living Modern Lives the Simple Way - Lily Wang's English and Chinese Zen Shorts [Kindle Edition]

Lily Wang
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Book Description

About a year ago, the idea of this book first came to me. I was inspired to write a chapbook in the name of REFLECTION HAIKU to help myself and my readers simplify their modern lives. Our earthly world ebbs and flows with challenges and changes, with emotional ups and downs. Oftentimes, all it takes is a poem, a yoga pose or a wonderful serendipity to dissolve those limited thoughts in the Presence of Peace.
     Last to my haiku series, REFLECTION delivers fifty-two zen shorts bilingually in English and traditional Chinese which are paired by similar topics but they are not the exact translations of each other.  These two distinguished languages require different approaches to consummate the artistic point and the ability to read Chinese will certainly add much dimension to our poetic encounter. Nonetheless, as I traveled from Taiwan to the world, I've met people of all nationalities expressing to me their love for the beauty of this ancient language. It is to those who share a kindred appreciation for the Chinese writing I dedicate this book. Thus, even if you don't read Chinese, I hope you find those oriental lines, like paintings of words, still a joy to see.
     This ebook, written in 3-line format, contains statements of quiet reflections about places I've been, animals I admire, gifts about life and messages that flashed into my eyes in a year's time.  The most magnificent views are hidden in the ordinary scenes and the great enlightenment lies within in this moment. Wherever you are in the spiritual path, may this book be your friendly companion -

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Short, powerful, modern and traditional at the same point. -Tolovaj Publishing

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About the Author
Lily Wang is a Taiwanese descent Chinese-American poet and the author of BABY HAIKU and GARDEN HAIKU. She received her BA in English from Soochow University in Taipei, Taiwan, and earned her MA in English from California State University in Fresno. She has done literature coursework worldwide. She and her husband live with their two children in Clovis, California.

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  • File Size: 230 KB
  • Print Length: 61 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058ZX4FA
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short & Sweet October 30, 2012
By alice
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I love the 8th Chinese poetry : " "ae"@os,Z<ò,èΐSDZ--Z,àV"@~Ò." with its brilliant clarity reminds me that worries are just like dust, covering our bright mind. If you can keep it clean ( calming your thoughts), your original pure state of oneness will return. Indeed, if we want to recover our innocent, original true being - pure as jade, carefree as Buddha , we need to constantly 'cultivate our heart land with purity' ( Chinese proverb) to eradicate the dusty pain and worries that blind our eyes and cloud our happiness because of one's own illusions and attachments.
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4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful heartfelt read September 27, 2013
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'A beautiful heartfelt read. 'Reflection Haiku: Living Modern Lives the Simple Way'
is a beautiful haiku read'

~ Reynaldo C. 'Joy of Writing Haikus'
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4.0 out of 5 stars good January 12, 2013
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i did enjoy this book, and would recommend you give it a go.

why four stars? i did feel a couple of the poems were a bit wordy.
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More About the Author

Lily Wang
Author of Reflection Haiku: Living Modern Lives the Simple Way
GARDEN HAIKU: Raising your Child with Ancient Wisdom
BABY HAIKU: 3-Line Poems for New Parents

Education & World Cultural Studies

Master of Arts in English - 2000, California State Univ. Fresno, US
Bachelor of Arts in English - 1997, Soochow Univ. Taipei, TAIWAN
Summer Cultural Studies - 1997, 2001 Osaka, Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, JAPAN
Summer Cultural Studies - 1998, London, ENGLAND and Edinburg, SCOTLAND
Summer writing program - 1996, Evergreen Univ. Olympia WA, US
Summer Cultural Studies - 1995 Toronto, Vancouver, CANADA
Summer program course work - 1994 Emmanuel College, Boston, MA, US
Summer Cultural Studies - 1993 Wollongong NSW, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
Summer writing program - 1992, Cambridge College, ENGLAND
Summer Cultural Studies - 1992 FRANCE, GERMANY, SWITZERLAND, ITALY
Summer exchange student program - 1991, UC Berkeley, CA, US

Noteworthy Accomplishments/Special Interests:

Achieved 4.0 GPA during MA work at CSUF
Publisher's Choice Award, Editor's Choice Award & Reader's Choice Award for GARDEN HAIKU
Creative Writing Award for short fiction and Chinese poetry
Community Service Scholarship Program - Fresno Art Museum
International Coffee Hour guest speaker
Translation of five stories(Great Writers Series)for Taiwan Discovery TV Channel

Member - Academy of American Poets
Member - Haiku Society of America
Member - The National Society for the Gifted & Talented Children (NSGT)
Member - Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Lily Wang is the author of Garden Haiku and Baby Haiku. She received her BA in English from Soochow University in Taipei, Taiwan and earned her MA in English form California State University, Fresno. She has traveled and done literature coursework worldwide. She now lives with her husband and two children in Clovis, California.

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