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Temple Dusk: Zen Haiku (English and Japanese Edition) Paperback – October, 1991


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Parallax Press (October 1991)
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • ISBN-10: 0938077481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938077480
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Japanese

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By William J. Higginson on January 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
Many books have tried to make a case for the Zen Buddhist influence on Japanese haiku. But Zen influence on haiku is largely an American and British invention--mainly following on the misguided heels of R. H. Blyth. Contemporary American promoters of the "Zen view" of haiku generally don't "get it" at all. On the other hand, this book provides the absolute best example anywhere of a total interpenetration of Zen and haiku, in simply wonderful poems in Japanese with outstanding English translations. If you think Zen has something to do with haiku, or want to see how it might, toss all those assertions by blindered critics, and get this book in your hands, in your "hara". Then, maybe, you'll understand that it's not Zen influencing haiku, or haiku as an aspect of Zen practice, but simply poems that flow like ink from the brush, beautifully, simply, meaningfully.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hortensia Anderson on July 26, 2004
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Mitsu Suzuki, wife of zen master Shunryu Suzuki, is a true master of haiku in her own right and this is an outstanding collection of 175 poems. The book puts the haiku in English in three lines followed by the season, year and location. At the bottom of the page, it has a one line romanji above a one line Japanese version. I only wish that she had published more!

Spring loneliness

night mist embraces the stupa

soundlessly

Spring 1981

San Francisco
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Mitsu Suzuki captures grief, joy, wonder, and deep spirituality in just a few words. I love this book, and have read it many times. This copy is a gift for a friend.
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