Zen Baggage A Pilgrimage to China

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-01-13
  • Publisher: Counterpoint
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In the spring of 2006, Bill Porter traveled through the heart of China, from Beijing to Hong Kong, on a pilgrimage to sites associated with the first six patriarchs of Zen. In Zen Baggage, Porter takes readers to places few Westerners have ever ventured, weaving together historical background, interviews, and translations of the earliest known records of Zen along with personal vignettes into a fascinating tale of discovery.

Porter's account captures the transformations taking place at religious centers in China but also the legacy they have somehow managed to preserve. Porter brings wisdom and humor to every situation, whether visiting ancient caves containing the most complete collection of Buddhist texts ever uncovered, enduring a six-hour Buddhist ceremony, or meeting the abbess of China's first Zen nunnery.

Porter's Road to Heaven: Encounters with Hermits has become recommended reading at Zen centers and universities throughout America and even in China (in its Chinese translation), and Zen Baggage is sure to follow suit.

Author Biography

Bill Porter, also known as Red Pine, is an acclaimed translator and interpreter of Chinese literature, bringing into English several of China's central religious and literary texts. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

Table of Contents

No Wordp. 1
No Buddhap. 33
No Mountainp. 53
No Homep. 79
No Beginningp. 111
No Formp. 145
No Mindp. 161
No Work, No Foodp. 177
No Dust or Mirrorp. 201
No Day Offp. 215
No Peach Blossomsp. 229
No East or Westp. 247
No North or Southp. 261
No Floating Belly-Upp. 277
No End in Sightp. 311
No Going Backp. 331
Chinese Lexiconp. 335
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