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Blue Cliff Record
Zen Echoes
Blue Cliff Record
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David Rothenberg - Author
Sam Hamill - Foreword by
Codhill Press
Price: $15.95 
Paperback - 126 pages
Release Date: August 2010
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-930337-03-9

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Summary

“It is astonishing how thousand-year-old riddles are brought here to evocative poetic life. David Rothenberg converts them into contemporary verbal music, an Arcanum, a profound secret, a mystery without intellectual solution.” — Frederick Franck, author of The Zen of Seeing and The Buddha Eye

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.

“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

David Rothenberg is a contributing editor to Parabola magazine and author of Sudden Music and Hand’s End. His writings on spirituality, philosophy, ecology, and music have been published in magazines ranging from Sierra and Whole Earth to Wired and The Nation, and are featured in The Best Spiritual Writing 1999 and The Soul of Nature.



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