The Penguin Book of Zen Poetry – Lucien Stryk

Rating: ★★★★ 06/04/19  Taking hold, one’s astray in nothingness; Letting go, the Origin’s regained. Since the music stopped, no shadow’s touched My door: again the village moon’s above the river. —Kokai (1403-1469) This anthology consists of four parts: Chinese poems of enlightenment and death, Poems of the Japanese Zen masters, Japanese haiku and selected poetry by … More The Penguin Book of Zen Poetry – Lucien Stryk

Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu, Ellen M. Chen (Translator/Commentary)

Rating: ★★★★ 18/08/18  Concatenated thoughts. Review #1 ✓ – #2 They come to be and he claims no possession of them, He works without holding on, Accomplishes without claiming merit. Because he does not claim merit, His merit does not go away. The Tao Te Ching is a classical text credited to Chinese philosopher and writer Lao … More Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu, Ellen M. Chen (Translator/Commentary)

Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell (Translator)

Rating: ★★★ 18/08/18 Concatenated thoughts. Review #1 – #2 ✓    Things arise and she lets them come; things disappear and she lets them go. She has but doesn’t possess, acts but doesn’t expect. The Tao Te Ching is a classical text credited to Chinese philosopher and writer Lao Tzu (6th century) and on which Taoism is … More Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell (Translator)

The Luminous Landscape: Chinese Art and Poetry – Richard Lewis (Editor)

Rating: ★★★★ 22/01/17 Autumn is beginning, the weather is turning chill. Crickets move in to sing under my bed. A thousand things surge into my mind And grieve my heart. A thousand tales search for words; But to whom will they be told? Ruan Ji (210–263) Shen Quan, “Birds and Flowers – Dragonfly on Wisteria” This … More The Luminous Landscape: Chinese Art and Poetry – Richard Lewis (Editor)