By Hanshan, Red Pine
A Zen-Taoist poetry vintage, in a good-looking Chinese-English format
This definitive translation of Han Shan’s poetry looks in a bilingual Chinese-English layout. integrated are wide notes, a preface by way of popular translator crimson Pine, a findings record, and pictures of the cave and surrounding zone the place Han Shan (“Cold Mountain”) lived.
Cold Mountain is likely one of the so much respected poets in China. He used to be a Taoist/Buddhist hermit who begged for nutrition at temples, usually sang and drank with cowherds, and have become an immortal determine within the background of chinese language literature and Zen. His poems have been written twelve-hundred years in the past at the rocks, bushes, and temple partitions of China’s Tientai Mountains. This revised version additionally comprises poems by means of Han Shan’s colleagues, Pickup (Shih-te) and large Stick (Feng-kan), translated right here for the 1st time.
As pink Pine starts his Preface, “If China’s literary critics have been installed cost of organizing a tea for his or her country’s maximum poets of the prior, chilly Mountain wouldn't be on many invitation lists. but no different poet occupies the altars of China’s temples and shines, the place his statue frequently stands along immortals and bodhisattvas. he's both respected in Korea and Japan. And whilst Jack Kerouac committed The Dharma Bums to him in 1958, chilly Mountain turned the mum or dad angel of a iteration of Westerners as well.”
Reviews of purple Pine's Collected Songs of chilly Mountain:
”The translator’s preface describes his rendition of the lifetime of chilly Mountain, supplying a good old and philosophical context for the straightforward but profound poems attributed to the poet."—Library Journal
“These are poems one needs to style absolutely and drink whole... The poems of Han-shan learn like a magazine or memoir, and so they frequently paintings as Zen koans, difficult the brain to head past the phrases and reason.”—Parabola
“Red Pine... has given us the 1st complete number of Han Shan’s songs in an idiom that's transparent, sleek, and impartial sufficient to last... His translations are exact and replicate the song of the originals... The amassed Songs of chilly Mountain is a substantial functionality and a very worthwhile publication. because of Copper Canyon's excessive criteria of bookmaking, it's appealing to carry and behold; because of pink Pine’s care, it is going to live on because the definitive textual content of Han Shan in English for a few years. It belongs at the shelf of every person with an curiosity in poetry and... may be opened often."—The Bloomsbury Review
“An beautiful book that captures the Taoist perform of passionate awareness, of being nonetheless within and secure within the comforts and discomforts round you, going nowhere else... we find this within the poet’s imaginative and prescient and spirit, within the precision and stability of the translator’s scholarship and center, and within the stylish barren region of the bookmaker’s artwork round them. On each point it is a attractive book.”—Judges’ reviews on awarding the WESTAF Award in Translation
“Cold Mountain’s colloquial poetry...sound like encouraged raps—marvelously direct, with skips, jumps, verbal nudges and abrupt revelations... the quantity is fantastically produced, with a protracted and cautious introduction... this can be an crucial book.”—The Berkeley Monthly
“More than an individual else, pink Pine has made [Han Shan’s] spontaneous poems available to Western readers... during this new, improved variation, priceless notes and an intensive new serious preface supply a contextual understanding, not only for the poems, yet for his or her resources in Buddhist and Confucian culture.”—Inquiring Mind
Red Pine is among the world’s prime translators of chinese language literary and non secular texts. His different translations contain Lao-tzu’s Taoteching (isbn 9781556592904) and Poems of the Masters: China’s vintage Anthology of T’ang and Sung Dynasty Verse (isbn 9781556591952).
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Within the final line, a few versions have the variation t’ung-meng (expand one’s feathers), touching on the looks of Yang’s crane within the above tale, as opposed to meng-tung (dumb). 111. “Red airborne dirt and dust” is a Buddhist cliché for sensation. The mendicant’s cry that makes up the final strains are from Chuangtzu: 26. 2, the place the fish asks for a dipper of water to maintain it alive this present day instead of the promise of a lakeful of water sooner or later. 112 there is not any restrict to alterations births and deaths by no means stop a chook physique on a lesser course a dragon-fish on a superb height in a chaotic global a mountain sheep in peaceable occasions a great horse final time round a wealthy guy this time via a negative clerk 113 My writing and judgment aren’t that undesirable yet an undeserving physique gets no publish examiners divulge me with a jerk they wash away the dust and look for my sores after all it is dependent upon Heaven’s Will yet this yr I’ll try out once again a blind guy who shoots for a sparrow’s eye simply may perhaps ranking a success 114 A terrible donkey is brief by means of a bushel a wealthy puppy has 3 pints to spare while poverty isn’t both shared we separate convenience and difficulty but when we permit the donkey replenish we reason the puppy to starve I’ve weighed this for you conscientiously it simply makes me depressed 112. The decrease paths of rebirth comprise animals, hungry ghosts, and the denizens of varied hells. based on the Shanhaiching: 7, the lung-yu (dragon-fish) lives within the mountains of the a long way north and is used as a mount by way of immortals. The wu-yueh (five nice mountains) comprise: Hengshan (Shansi), Huashan, Sungshan, Taishan, and Hengshan (Hunan). The mountain sheep, representing the recluse, retains its distance from humans. whereas the pony, representing the scholar-official, devotes its power to the provider of its grasp. 113. Would-be officers who had handed the metropolitan exam performed through the Board of Rites have been additionally given a placement examination by way of the Board of team of workers overlaying their calligraphy, judgment, body, and speech. yet this moment examination wasn’t instituted until eventually someday after 736. The phraseology of the fourth line used to be a cliché for locating fault with a candidate despite his skills. It used to be used as resembling early because the Han dynasty (see Houhanshu: 80). a hundred and fifteen Bridegroom Liu is eighty-two newlywed Lan eighteen husband and spouse proportion 100 years and love yet a love perverse fidgeting with jade is Tiger banging a tile is Little Dumpling how usually have I visible an outdated willow bud then killed through the ladies from the Blue 116 Whose wine store is that this aglow their wine is wealthy and robust coloured pennants flap above their pints are continuously reasonable why then is their enterprise undesirable their position is filled with canines a lad is available in to shop for they growl and rancid he runs 117 I deplore this vulgar position the place demons stay with worthies they are saying they’re an identical yet is the Tao neutral a fox may well borrow a lion’s mien and declare the hide is actual yet as soon as lead ore enters the furnace we quickly see if it’s gold or base a hundred and fifteen.