By (author) Ko Un
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Little Pilgrim by Ko Un
Book DescriptionA 1991 bestseller in South Korea, where it was serialized in that country's largest newspaper, "Little Pilgrim" is a tale of adventure and self-discovery in the tradition of Hermann Hesse's "Siddhartha." Based on the "Gandavyuha," one of Buddhism's deepest and most challenging scriptures, Ko Un's "Little Pilgrim" relates the heroic journey of Sudhana, who sets out to discover what is truth. Throughout 20 years of fantastic travels, Sudhana encounters teachers that are human, animal, and spirit as he navigates mountain vistas, lush valleys, and remote villages. Drawing from his own 20-year journey, as well as first-hand experiences with war and monastic life, Ko Un infuses his book with reflections and memories, creating fascinating characters and a vibrant story. The pinnacle of Ko Un's career as a writer and as a man in search of truth, as well as the first of Ko Un's works of fiction to be translated into English, "Little Pilgrim" is a poignant voyage that resonates on many levels. "A man of great insight." Thich Nhat Hanh"
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781888375435
(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Parallax Press
Publisher: Parallax Press
Publish Date: 30-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ko Un
Maninbo, Paperback (February 2015)
Selection from the Korean poet's epic 30-volume series of books featuring a poem about every person he has known in his 81-year life.
First Person Sorrowful, Paperback (November 2012)
Ko Un has long been a living legend in Korea, both as a poet and as a person. Allen Ginsberg once wrote, 'Ko Un is a magnificent poet, combination of Buddhist cognoscente, passionate political libertarian, and naturalist historian.'
This Side of Time, Paperback (April 2012)
"Ko Un writes spare, short-line lyrics direct to the point, but often intricate in both wit and meaning." --Gary Snyder
Himalaya Poems, Paperback (December 2011)» View all books by Ko Un
Another collection of poetry by the noted Ko Un.
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Author Biography - Ko Un
Ko Un was born in southwestern Korea in 1933. Following first-hand encounters with the horrors of war, he ordained as a Buddhist monk and went on to become a Zen master in charge of the famed Haeinsa Temple. Later he grew disillusioned with self-centeredness he encountered within the order and disrobed. Taking a job as a schoolteacher on the island of Cheju, he began asking people about their lives, until the authorities hauled him in and gave him a beating for doing so. He became a peace activist and freedom fighter. Repeatedly imprisoned and tortured, he knew days, which could be his last. Then came vindication; and marriage and fatherhood. And Buddhism returned to his attention.Ko Un has published over a hundred volumes of poetry, essays, fiction, and drama. His work has been translated into Spanish, German, French, Polish, Danish, Chinese, and Vietnamese. This is the first release of his fiction in English.
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