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By J.P. Seaton (Editor), Dennis Maloney (Editor)

This anthology gathers over 1500 years if chinese language Zen (Ch'an) poetry, from the earliest writing -- together with the Hsin Hsin Ming written via the 3rd Patriarch -- to the poetry of priests dwelling during this century. Drawn jointly via the Zen thread, this ragged line of poet-hermits types a profound lineage for lots of modern poets.

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Ten thousand paths . Human traces erased . One boat, bamboo hat, bark cape — an old man . Alone with his hook. Cold river. Snow . TB & C P TB & CP -a+ 58 mt. --Au 59 re . Wu Pen Quatrai n (Chia Tao, 779-MI ) After Finishing a Poe m Those two lines cost me three years : I chant them once, and get two more, of tears . Friend, if you don't like them . . I'll go home, and lie down , in the ancient mountain autumn . At the bottom of the ocean : moon , bright moon, round as the wheel of the sky . Just get a single han d full of this glory .

But all I want i s to make waves on the pond Crane though everyone possesse s some skil l all creatures at heart lack constanc y some say you're a dancer . . best stick to standing on fences Lute my lute set aside on the little tabl e lazily I meditat e on cherishing feelings the reason I don't bother to strum and pluck? ther e' s a breeze over the string s and it plays itself r-ad Green Mountains father white clouds : white clouds are the children of mountains . White clouds hang around all day .

Masterless Ch'an, ou r own understanding . . When you 've got it, there's no plac e for it but a poem . This parting's nothing fated : orphan clouds just never settle down . Midnight, heart startled , I rise , to take the path to Long Cascade : grove's trees swallowed in white dew, a dipper of stars, in the clear dark sky . JP s The Swordsma n Ten long years I've honed this sword : frost white blade as yet untried . Today, like any other gentleman , it's looking for injustice . -a+ 62 rc. 'a+ 63 rG ~S+ Po Chu -i Autumn's Col d (772-M6) Staying at Bamboo Lodge an evening sitting unde r the eaves of the pine s at night sleepin g in Bamboo Lodg e the sky so clear you'd sa y it was drugs meditation so deep, though t I'd gone home to the hill s but Clever can' t bea t Stupi d and Quick won't match Quie t Untoiling-ness!

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