Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop
Parallax Press, Paperback, 9780938077923, 272pp.
Publication Date: May 1998
Now in its third printing, this visionary project received the 1999 American Book Award. Topics included the Three Jewels, pacifism, engagement, innovation, nature, song, and silence. What Book? contains forms ranging from picture poems and calligraphy, guided meditations, and rambling journals, to conceptual and performance art, arias, and haiku.
Gary Gach has been a student of Buddhism for more than 40 years and is a consultant to the Buddhist Film Society as well as the Unified Buddhist Church. He is co-translator of Ko Un, Koreas greatest living Zen poet, and has worked as the arts and religion editor for "AsianWeek" and as a contributing editor to the "San Francisco Review of Books," He is the editor of "What Book!? Buddha Poems from Beat to HipHop,"
Ordained practitioner of Zen Buddhism and politically engaged actor Peter Coyote began his work in street theater and political organizing in San Francisco. In addition to acting in 120 films, Coyote has won an Emmy for narrating the award-winning documentary Pacific Century, and he has cowritten, directed, and performed in the play Olive Pits, which won The Mime Troupe an Obie Award. In 1993, he won a Pushcart Prize for Carla s Story, published in Zyzzyva. He lives in Mill Valley, California.