Daughters of Emptiness
Poems of Chinese Buddhist Nuns

Excerpt from Daughters of Emptiness: Poems of Chinese Buddhist Nuns
Beta Grant (editor) – Wisdom Publications

This book presents an extraordinary collection of poems written by Buddhist nuns across 16 centuries. Beta Grant's introduction gives a well-researched account of the history of Chinese Buddhism and the place of poet-nuns within that history. It makes fascinating reading. The book is beautifully presented: each poet is given her own distinictive place; after her name, written in both Chinese script and in English, there is a brief account of her life. This is followed by a poem, presented in the original, side-by-side with the translation. The calm beauty of the presentation mirrors the spirit of the poems.


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