Opening to You: Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms (Hardcover)
Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms
Viking Adult, 9780670030613, 160pp.
Publication Date: February 18, 2002
A week at the Gethsemani Abbey left Zen priest and poet Norman Fischer inspired by the soaring beauty of the Psalms chanted each day, but shocked by their violence, passion, and bitterness. Thus he began a journey through Eastern and Western spirituality and his own Jewish roots toward these moving and intimate translations, designed to "make these towering and perplexing poems accessible and beautiful in English for contemporary readers" of every spiritual path or religious background. These ninety-three poems of praise, celebration, suffering, and lamentation are exquisitely rendered in modern and intimate language. In the tradition of Stephen Mitchell's Tao Te Ching and Coleman Barks's Essential Rumi, Opening to You brings the Psalms alive-and creates an inspirational bridge between different religious and cultural roots.
"Norman's beautiful and poetic new versions of the timeless Psalms help awaken us from mindless distraction and enter into the mysterious music of sacred living." (Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within)