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Songs of the Sons and Daughters of Buddha – translated by Andrew Schelling and Anne Waldman


 
Songs of the Sons and Daughters of Buddha is a translation of selected poems from the early Buddhist scriptures entitled Theragatha and Therigatha -- songs of the elders, or senior disciples of the Buddha. The two books are preserved in the earliest written documents known to Buddhism, and formed part of a vast oral tradition, preserved in memory and passed from person to person for generations.

”These are earthy, courageous translations of the most ancient Buddhist poems. How honest the struggle of these practitioners with death and lust and self-doubt (just like us); how beautiful their moments of release.” – Jack Kornfeld, author of A Path With Heart.

”What a wonderful difference it makes when real poets translate poetry! Schelling’s renderings read like those of an old wise Zen vagabond. Waldman’s sparkle, crisp and sharp. These verses soar, traversing the expansive reaches of human experience and triumph. Truly, in these two poets’ hands, these songs of the sons and daughters of the Buddha sing.” – Jan Willis, author of Dreaming Me.

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Anne Waldman is an internationally known poet. In 1974, she and Allen Ginsberg founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she continues to serve on the faculty. She is the author of numerous books of poetry and editor of several anthologies.

Andrew Schelling is a poet, essayist, and translator who has traveled extensively in India and the Himalayas. His books include Old Growth: Poems and Notebooks 1986-1994 and Dropping the Bow: Poems of Ancient India. He has been awarded the Academy of American Poets Translation Prize and a Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry grant for translation.

112 pages. Paperback.



 

 

 
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