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Poetry of Kabir and Zen

Instructor(s): Sensei Kaz Tanahashi * Linda Hess, PhD

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.

Required Reading:
Download PDF Preface & introduction to The Bijak of Kabir (about 40 pp). This document will notbe 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 Informative Worlds of North India by Linda Hess

Lodging: Your tuition does not include lodging. Your first choice of lodging may not be available. Please check for availability by calling 505-986-8518 ext. 112 or email

For more information and to register: Email    
 505-986-8518 ext. 112

Earlier Event: May 19
Calligraphy Workshop
Later Event: July 13
CALLIGRAPHY: Heart of the Brush