Dawn reading …. thank you Edgar Boyles

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Hsieh Ling-yün (385-433 C. E.) during the last decade of his life, living as a recluse high in the mountains of southeast China, initiated a tradition of “rivers-and-mountains” (shan-shui) poetry that stretches across the millennia in China, a tradition that represents the earliest and most extensive literary engagement with “the wild” in human history. These poems were hugely popular in Hsieh’s own time and established him as one of the most innovative and influential poets in the history of Chinese poetry as well as a founder of Ch’an (Zen) Buddhism. Hsieh Ling-Yun deserves a much wider readership. He had many moments of absolute clarity.

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