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What? 108 Zen Poems by Ko Un
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Apr 12, 10

bookshelves: buddhism, poetry
Recommended for: Zen students, serious poetry lovers
Read in April, 2010

Ko Un, the Korean 'premier' zen poet and former Buddhist monk, presents 108 short "Zen Poems" which are meant to be read as 'koan--like mental firecrackers.' And while many most certainly do, there are also many that fall 'flat' for western ears with little fore-knowledge of Korean political, and spiritual history.

That said, I still appreciate his efforts, and savored many of the offerings in this little collection, and heartily recommend it for anyone feeling any affinity for Zen Buddhism.
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