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Black Illumination: Zen and the poetry of death

Jul 2, 2016

Black Illumination: Zen and the poetry of death

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On a winter morning in 1360, Zen master Kozan Ichikyo gathered together his pupils. Kozan, 77, told them that, upon his death, they should bury his body, perform no ceremony and hold no services in his memory. Sitting in the traditional Zen posture, he ...

Gary Snyder: Asia's heavy toll on nature

Jun 25, 2016

Gary Snyder: Asia's heavy toll on nature

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Enter the mind of American poet and scholar Gary Snyder and watch as time pulls back, perspectives shift and an epoch passes in a single blink. His newest book of prose, “The Great Clod,” is a series of essays on Asia’s ecological history, combining ...

Novelist Hideo Furukawa views the Fukushima disaster through nonhuman eyes

Jun 11, 2016

Novelist Hideo Furukawa views the Fukushima disaster through nonhuman eyes

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After the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, critically acclaimed writer Hideo Furukawa experienced an unsettling “imagination meltdown.” “Novelists are artists, and usually imagination comes between them and reality,” Fukushima-born Furukawa says. “But when reality becomes something far beyond our imagination, we are exposed, rendered ...