Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Garden Chrysanthemums and First Mountain Snow: Zen Questions and Answers from Korea


Korea's Zen tradition has always been vibrant and continues to thrive today. This book gives voice to the "Zen mind" of Korea's contemporary Zen Masters, articulated through koans and excerpts of conversations in the form of brief questions and answers with students and other teachers.

"While reading this book of questions and answers, I stopped long enough to eat an apple and noticed that the seeds hidden inside were not really hidden. And I wondered, are the enigmatic answers of these Korean Zen masters not also present in these rosy red questions? The only way to find out is to eat the apple. But if you do, why not spit out the seeds and plant your own tree?" —Red Pine

About the Author

Ian Haight was the co-organizer and translator for the UN's global poetry readings held annually in Pusan, Korea from 2002-4. He has been awarded translation grants from the Daesan Foundation, Korea Literary Translation Institute, and Baroboin Buddhist Foundation; in 2003, he was cited for translation excellence by the KLTI. For more information, please visit ianhaight.com.
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