Saturday, April 04, 2020

The sounds of spring are everywhere.../poems by Bai Juyi (772—846)

Zen poems by Bai Juyi (772—846).

Also known as Bo Juyi (Bo being an older way of pronouncing his surname Bai), Bai Juyi was a mid-Tang poet of great versatility. He lived through troubled times, including an official attack on Buddhism that led to the closure of monasteries in 842-5.
His own lifelong devotion to Buddhism was eclectic rather than relating to one particular sect.

In his admiring biography of Bai the translator Arthur Waley remarked on Bai’s extraordinary compassion, reflected in the tone of much of what he wrote, including his popular ballad, “The Song of Lasting Sorrow”.

Source: Zen Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets Series)

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