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"Hyesim's poems: transformative as walking high granite mountains by moonlight, with fragrant herbs underfoot and a thermos of clear tea in the backpack. Their bedrock is thusness, their images' beauty is pellucid and new, their view without limit. The shelf of essential Zen poets for American readers grows larger with this immediately indispensable collection."—Jane Hirsh ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by White Pine Press
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TCG Universe
Apr 06, 2021 rated it liked it
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[Warning, I'm writing in Bahasa Indonesia]

Sejujurnya, saya memilih membaca ini karena iseng saat berada di LTI dan mencari-cari buku untuk dibaca. Tidak menyesal karena banyak hal baru yang dipelajari dan saya masih merasa takjub dengan beberapa puisinya yang setelah ratusan tahun berlalu pun masih tetap valid.

Review lengkap bisa dibaca di https://tcguniverses.blogspot.com/202...
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Michelle Stockard Miller
When I signed up for this tour to review this book, I had no idea that not only would I be reading a wonderful book of poems, but would be getting a history lesson as well. Hyesim (Chin'gak Kuksa Hyesim, 1178 - 1234) was the first Zen Master dedicated to poetry in Korea. Hyesim was a monk and a scholar who became the Chief Abbot of Songgwang Temple in 1210. He was a prolific writer, penning such works as The Enlightened Mind, The Sayings of Chin'gak Kuksa of the Chogye Order, Readings of the Di ...more
Jenna
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Won this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I feel that while reading this book of poems I get the overwhelming sense that much lost in translation. Although it is easy to decipher Buddhist teaching based messages and appreciate the sentiment of these quick poems and prose, I couldn't really get absorbed or appreciate the art form this book is supposed to represent. Because I won the book and didn't necessarily choose it off the shelf, someone else might gain something deeper from it however I could ...more
Theresa El-Thomas
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The serenity within each poem transports you into the state of consciousness possessed by this wonderful translation and enlightened Zen Master.

You can visualize the surroundings that are spoken of and feel the Zen emanating through your entire being as you read these precious words. I felt as though, I was there with the Zen Master as he was writing these words.

This translation is a beautiful piece of work, you can tell it was done with care.

I loved the introduction, it gave a deeper look in
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Susan
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Ian Haight's translation of "Magnolia and Lotus" was complete and meaningful. Each poem is written beautifully and I found myself sitting there reading and connecting with almost all the poems offered. I'm sure there are some that would say the opposite of myself, but in all reality poems are what each individual comes away with...some will find great meaning, some will only understand parts and others will come away with nothing. I enjoyed reading the poems and recommend them to everyone.

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Melissa T
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* This collection of poetry is a diverse look at the life of a Korean Zen Master, and his interpretations of his surroundings. *Full review to come soon
Eric
I won this book on goodfreads.com. I give it 2/5.

Poetry doesn't need to be rated but... it's short and somewhat interesting.
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Gill
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loving it. One to hang onto
I do enjoy dipping into this book whenever I feel like reading some of the poems.
Rebecca
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a goodreads giveaway and I really enjoyed it. Different then past poetry I read so it was a nice change.
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