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The River of Heaven: The Haiku of Basho, Buson, Issa, and Shiki

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Praise for Miniatures of a Zen Master

"In this sprightly collection of 188 short texts, [Aitken] offers brief stories, observations, memories, and commentaries. Those familiar with his book Encouraging Words will appreciate the further evidence of this Zen Masters wisdom." Spirituality and Practice

"Like some of the finest Zen literature, they read like the contents of ones own mind and also like a mirror held up to show the minds quotidian chatter to be somehow pure." BuddhaDharma

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Known to many as the study of quiet stillness and introspection, Zen Buddhism distinguishes itself through brilliant flashes of insight and its terseness of expression. In River of Heaven these concepts and pillars lend themselves to an exploration of Haiku, one of the most delicate and interpretive poetic forms in the world. The haiku verse form, with its rigid structure and organic description is a superb means of studying Zen modes of thought because its seventeen syllables impose a limitation that confines the poet to vital experience. In Haiku as in Buddhism, the silences are as expressive as the words.

In this volume, American Senior Zen Roshi Robert Aitken gives new insight into Haiku by poetic masters Basho, Issa, Buson, and Shiki. In presenting themes from Haiku and from Zen literature, Aitken illuminates the relationship between the two. Readers are certain to find this an invaluable and enjoyable experience for the remarkable revelation it offers.

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ISBN:
9781582437101
Author:
Aitken, Robert
Publisher:
Counterpoint LLC
Subject:
Inspirational & Religious
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Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110531
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5.5 in

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"Review" by , Praise for Miniatures of a Zen Master

"In this sprightly collection of 188 short texts, [Aitken] offers brief stories, observations, memories, and commentaries. Those familiar with his book Encouraging Words will appreciate the further evidence of this Zen Masters wisdom." Spirituality and Practice

"Like some of the finest Zen literature, they read like the contents of ones own mind and also like a mirror held up to show the minds quotidian chatter to be somehow pure." BuddhaDharma

"Synopsis" by , Known to many as the study of quiet stillness and introspection, Zen Buddhism distinguishes itself through brilliant flashes of insight and its terseness of expression. In River of Heaven these concepts and pillars lend themselves to an exploration of Haiku, one of the most delicate and interpretive poetic forms in the world. The haiku verse form, with its rigid structure and organic description is a superb means of studying Zen modes of thought because its seventeen syllables impose a limitation that confines the poet to vital experience. In Haiku as in Buddhism, the silences are as expressive as the words.

In this volume, American Senior Zen Roshi Robert Aitken gives new insight into Haiku by poetic masters Basho, Issa, Buson, and Shiki. In presenting themes from Haiku and from Zen literature, Aitken illuminates the relationship between the two. Readers are certain to find this an invaluable and enjoyable experience for the remarkable revelation it offers.

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