POETRY OF KABIR AND ZEN
Kabir was a great iconoclastic-mystic poet of 15th-century North India whose poems were composed orally, written down by others, and transmitted through song. Join Sensei Kaz Tanahashi and Stanford scholar Linda Hess for a weekend of reading and playing with poetry from China, Japan, and India.
Read and discuss Buddhist poets Hanshan (6th-7th-century China), Dogen (13th-century Japan), Hakuin (18th-century Japan), Ryokan (19th-century Japan) and Kabir from 15th century India, who refused to be labeled as Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, or anything else.
Why would we put them together? Because they are radical, powerful, and sometimes funny; because they are interested in delusion and awakening in this body and mind; because they are poets who use language in wondrous ways; because Kaz and Linda have worked with them (and each other!) for many years. We learn, write, see a film, and possibly sing.
Download PDF Preface & introduction to The Bijak of Kabir (about 40 pp). This document will not be available at Upaya.
Or you may choose to order the book itself, The Bijak of Kabir by Linda Hess. This site gives you both new and used options.
To further your interest:
Bodies of Song: Kabir Oral Traditions and Performative Worlds of North India by Linda Hess