China’s Hermit Tradition and Zen Beginnings
Author and translator Bill Porter will be giving a talk in the Bookworm Bookshop in Chengdu at 19:30, Saturday Oct 16.
Under the pen name of Red Pine he has translated many Buddhist texts and sutras, including the Heart Sutra, the Diamond Sutra and the Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma, among others. He has also translated Buddhist poetry by Cold Mountain and Stonehouse.
His 2 works, Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits (1993) & Zen Baggage: A Pilgrimage to China (2008), are “part travelogue, part history, part sociology, part religious study,” “a record of extraordinary journeys to an unknown China,” and come highly recommended to all those interested in Buddhism, China and Zen.
Road to Heaven, which was republished last year by Counterpoint, was in part the inspiration for Edward Burger’s 2007 documentary Amongst White Clouds.