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Women played major roles in the history of Buddhist China, but given the paucity of the remaining records, their voices have all but faded. In Daughters of Emptiness , Beata Grant renders a great service by recovering and translating the enchanting verse - by turns assertive, observant, devout - of forty-eight nuns from sixteen centuries of imperial China. This selection of poems, along with the brief biographical accounts that accompany them, affords readers a glimpse into the extraordinary diversity and sometimes startling richness of these women's lives. A sample poem for this stunning collection: The sequence of seasons naturally pushes forward, Suddenly I am startled by the ending of the year.Lifting my eyes I catch sight of the winter crows, Calling mournfully as if wanting to complain.The sunlight is cold rather than gentle, Spreading over the four corners like a cloud.A cold wind blows fitfully in from the north, Its sad whistling filling courtyards and houses.Head raised, I gaze in the direction of Spring, But Spring pays no attention to me at all.Time a galloping colt glimpsed through a crack, The tap [of Death] at the door has its predestined time.How should I not know, one who has left the world, And for whom floating clouds are already familiar?In the garden there grows a rosary-plum tree: Whose sworn friendship makes it possible to endure. - Chan Master Jingnuo

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780861713622
ISBN-10: 0861713621
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Wisdom Publications,U.S.
Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S.
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Beata Grant

Beata Grant is professor of Chinese and Religious Studies (Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures) at Washington University. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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