The Old Tea Seller (Paperback)
Life and Zen Poetry in 18th Century Kyoto
Counterpoint LLC, 9781582434827, 222pp.
Publication Date: June 15, 2010
The poems, memoirs, and letters collected here trace his spiritual and physical journey over a long life. This book includes virtually all of his writings translated for the first time into English, together with the first biography of Baisao to appear in any language. It is bound to establish Baisao's place alongside other Zen-inspired poets such as Basho and Ryokan.
Praise For The Old Tea Seller: Life and Zen Poetry in 18th Century Kyoto…
Norman Waddell has brought us an important Japanese Zen poet who has been too long neglected. The biography is detailed and informative but Waddell has gone further and has translated all of Baisao’s published verse (including some taken from holograph manuscript) and prose, as well as many of Baisao’s letters and verse . . . This book will stand as the definitive work on Baisao for many years.” The Zen Site
[A] delightful and exquisite volume . . . Norman Waddell has done a marvelous job pulling all of this material together.” Spirituality and Practice