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Songs of the Sons and Daughters of Buddha: Enlightenment Poems from the Theragatha and Therigatha

Publisher: Shambhala
BISAC/Subject: REL007000, POE003000, POE008000
ISBN: 9780834842977, Related ISBNs: 0834842971, 1611808227, 9780834842977, 9781611808223
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 176,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: A lyrical translation of an inspired selection of verses from the earliest Buddhist monks and nuns.

More than two thousand years ago, the earliest disciples of the Buddha put into verse their experiences on the spiritual journey--from their daily struggles to their spiritual realizations. Over time the verses were collected to form the Theragatha and Therigatha, the "Verses of Elder Monks" and "Verses of Elder Nuns" respectively. In Songs of the Sons and Daughters of the Buddha, renowned poets Andrew Schelling and Anne Waldman have translated the most poignant poems in these collections, bringing forth the visceral, immediate qualities that are often lost in more scholarly renditions. These selections reveal the fears, loves, mishaps, expectations, and joys of the early monks and nuns, when, struck by wild insight, they cried out the anguish or solace they knew in their lives.
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