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Existence: A Story




Existence
A Story

By  
David HINTON (Author)

Shambhala, 2016
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    About this book

The meaning of life--as expressed in a single Chinese landscape painting: a new work of meditative philosophy by the renowned translator of the Chinese classics and author of Hunger Mountain. Join David Hinton on an exploration of the entire nature of reality--an ambitious project for such a compact book, and even more amazing when you see that this cosmic journey happens all within the exploration of a single Chinese landscape painting. The painting called Peaceful-Distance Pavilion by Shih-t'ao (1642-1707) is, like other paintings in that genre, mostly space: one tiny figure, accompanied by an attendant, looks out over a vast landscape of mountains and clouds. But start looking into that space and, with the right guidance, what you end up seeing is profound. David Hinton is the perfect guide. He uses his knowledge of Chinese philosophy, poetry, art, language, and writing system to illuminate this painting's message, which is ultimately the story of the glorious dance between nothing and everything, between emptiness and existence. It's an enthralling journey that can change the way you look at the world, a journey for which David is a wise and eloquent guide.
 
    About the author

DAVID HINTON is one of the most renowned translators of the Chinese Classics of our time. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for his book Hunger Mountain, which was also desingnated as a Book-of-the-Year by The Guardian. He was the recipient of the 1997 American Academy of Poets Harold Morton Landon Translation Award and the 2007 PEN Award for translation. He was a 2003 Guggenheim Fellow, and has also been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Merrill Foundation, and the Witter Bynner Foundation. He has published more than sixteen other books, among them translations of the Tao Te Ching, the Chuang Tzu, the poems of Li Po, and his monumental Classical Chinese Poetry: An Anthology.
 
    Details
 
ISBN: 9781611803389
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 204
Sizes: 216x140mm
Publication: 8/2016
Weight: 176g
Languages:
English



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