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Blue Cliff Record: Zen Echoes Paperback – Bargain Price, November 1, 2001
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Thousand year old riddles are brought here to evocative poetic life ... contemporary verbal music. -- Frederick Franck, author of The Zen of Seeing
Unique and wondrous ... here philosophy, spiritual practice, and creativity are fused and whole. -- Charles Johnson, winner of the National Book Award in fiction for Middle Passage
"David Rothenberg's adaptation of Blue Cliff Record is that rare thing, a work of art that is also useful. It is as bracing as a dive into a cold spring--a wake up call from reality--the splendor of what is." --Mark Rudman, winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award for Poetry and author of Rider
"What is unique and wondrous about these poetic responses to the Blue Cliff Record is that here philosophy, spiritual practice, and creativity are fused and whole. Each poem remarkably celebrates the Zen past and at the same time builds the foundation for a new interpretation that helps imagine how we, here and now, can live the Dharma on these shores." --Charles Johnson, winner of the National Book Award in fiction for Middle Passage --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
Much as Coleman Barks breathed new life into the work of the great Sufi poet Rumi and reached the hearts and minds of contemporary readers, David Rothenberg now brings us vividly poetic new versions of the enigmatic koans and riddles from the classic Zen Buddhist text, the Blue Cliff Record. Blue Cliff Record: Zen Echoes is an accessible contemporary distillation of this twelfth-century treasure of Zen Buddhism, a lively feast of words and images designed to stretch and open the mind.
With a foreword by poet, author, and translator Sam Hamill. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Case 37: This Triple World
Don't wait around when lightning strikes
When thunder comes there's no time to hide
there are ghosts before you, they won't go away
Once the arrow leaves the bow, it will not come back.
The moonshadow strikes the archer at night.
There is nothing in the triple world
Nothing one, two, three times or more.
The white clouds are a ceiling.
the stream plays the world like a lute,
one pluck, three strings, no one sings along.
All the tones may be clear,
but when you hear them, you're mute.
When the rain has passed, the river is deep.
Dragging in mud, dripping in water,
run from the thunder, no time to sleep.
Eighty four thousand verses,
eighty four thousand to go.
And the author just made up some poetry about what he read in each of the hundred cases of the blue cliff record, poetry that doesn't seem particulary significant from the point of view of zen. After all, the blue cliff record is a book about zen.
If you are interested in zen (I don't know why would you buy the blue cliff record if you weren't), don't buy this book. Buy instead either Thomas cleary's translation or katsuki sekida's translation with comentary of the blue cliff record, or both.
If this writer had any inkling of Zen, he would not dream of treating a classic expression of the teaching like the Blue Cliff Record in such a cavalier way.
Maybe the writer should ponder a Zen saying: "I would rather suffer the torments of uninterrupted hell, than to portray Zen as mere sentimentality and blind people's eyes."