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Zen baggage : a pilgrimage to China

Author: Bill Porter
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Counterpoint : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the Spring of 2006, Bill Porter (better known as Red Pine) traveled through the heart of China, from Beijing to Hong Kong, on a pilgrimage to sites associated with the six patriarchs of Zen. This is an account of that journey. He weaves together historical background, interviews with Zen masters, and translations of the earliest known records of Zen, along with personal vignettes. Porter's account captures the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Porter
ISBN: 1593761325 9781593761325 9781582435114 1582435111 1582435405 9781582435404
OCLC Number: 214322713
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 359 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: No word --
No Buddha --
No mountain --
No home --
No beginning --
No form --
No mind --
No work, no food --
No dust or mirror --
No day off --
No peach blossoms --
No East or West --
No North or South --
No floating belly-up --
No end in sight --
No going back.
Responsibility: Bill Porter.
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In the Spring of 2006, Bill Porter (better known as Red Pine) traveled through the heart of China, from Beijing to Hong Kong, on a pilgrimage to sites associated with the six patriarchs of Zen. This is an account of that journey. He weaves together historical background, interviews with Zen masters, and translations of the earliest known records of Zen, along with personal vignettes. Porter's account captures the transformations taking place at religious centres in China but also the abiding legacy they have somehow managed to preserve. Porter brings wisdom and humour to every situation, whether visiting ancient caves containing the most complete collection of Buddhist texts ever uncovered, enduring a six-hour Buddhist ceremony, searching in vain for the ghost in his room, waking up the monk in charge of martial arts at Shaolin Temple, or meeting the abbess of China's first Zen nunnery.

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