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Women played major roles in the history of Buddhist China, but given the paucity of the remaining records, their voices have all but faded. In Daughters of Emptiness, Beata Grant renders a great service by recovering and translating the enchanting verse - by turns assertive, observant, devout - of forty-eight nuns from sixteen centuries of imperial China. This selection of poems, along with the brief biographical accounts that accompany them, affords readers a glimpse into the extraordinary diversity and sometimes startling richness of these women's lives.

A sample poem for this stunning collection:

The sequence of seasons naturally pushes forward,

Suddenly I am startled by the ending of the year.

Lifting my eyes I catch sight of the winter crows,

Calling mournfully as if wanting to complain.

The sunlight is cold rather than gentle,

Spreading over the four corners like a cloud.

A cold wind blows fitfully in from the north,

Its sad whistling filling courtyards and houses.

Head raised, I gaze in the direction of Spring,

But Spring pays no attention to me at all.

Time a galloping colt glimpsed through a crack,

The tap [of Death] at the door has its predestined time.

How should I not know, one who has left the world,

And for whom floating clouds are already familiar?

In the garden there grows a rosary-plum tree:

Whose sworn friendship makes it possible to endure.

- Chan Master Jingnuo

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The author has performed a great service in recovering and translating the enchanting poems and talks of twenty nuns from the period 1600 to 1850.

Synopsis:

Beata Grant renders a great service by recovering and translating the enchanting verse — by turns assertive, observant, devout — of forty-eight nuns from sixteen centuries of imperial China. This selection of poems, along with brief biographical accounts that accompany them, affords readers a glimpse into the extraordinary diversity and sometimes startling richness of these women's lives. Daughters of Emptiness includes original hand-drawn calligraphies of each poet's name, as well as the poems in their original Chinese, alongside the translations.

Synopsis:

Poems of Chinese Buddhist nuns.

About the Author

Beata Grant is professor of Chinese and Religious Studies (Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures) at Washington University. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780861713622
Author:
Grant, Beata
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications (MA)
Author:
Grant, Bea
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
Asian - General
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Chinese poetry
Subject:
Buddhist nuns
Subject:
Eastern - General
Subject:
POETRY / Asian
Subject:
Chinese poetry - Qing dynasty, 1644-1912
Subject:
Chinese poetry -- Women authors.
Subject:
Religion-Eastern - General
Subject:
Inspirational & Religious
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
no 97
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
900x600

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"Synopsis" by , The author has performed a great service in recovering and translating the enchanting poems and talks of twenty nuns from the period 1600 to 1850.
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Beata Grant renders a great service by recovering and translating the enchanting verse — by turns assertive, observant, devout — of forty-eight nuns from sixteen centuries of imperial China. This selection of poems, along with brief biographical accounts that accompany them, affords readers a glimpse into the extraordinary diversity and sometimes startling richness of these women's lives. Daughters of Emptiness includes original hand-drawn calligraphies of each poet's name, as well as the poems in their original Chinese, alongside the translations.
"Synopsis" by , Poems of Chinese Buddhist nuns.
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