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Born and raised with the type of expectancies that regularly accompany privilege, Jim Lenfestey approached his 30th birthday in a kingdom of acute anxiousness. a tender relatives and a not easy paintings existence on one hand, and a burgeoning love for poetry at the other.

When an autonomous bookseller discerns Lenfestey’s problems, and prescribes for a treatment the poems of a chinese language hermit named Han Shan, Lenfestey’s existence is modified eternally. After “swallowing the poems like aspirin” for the following thirty years, a lively embody of this historical poet referred to as chilly Mountain—the poet he has come to determine as a guiding gentle in his life—prompts Lenfestey to commute to China on a pilgrim’s look for his cave. alongside the best way, this quest takes our writer first to Tokyo, the place he visits with the main translator and student of jap poetry, Burton Watson, and from there throughout China, from the large chanting corridor of 10000 Buddhas in Bailin Temple to the birthplace of Confucius.

A singular blend of commute writing, memoir, translation, and poetry, Seeking the Cave is either deeply own and universally illuminating. “Uniting our short literary lifestyles with the traditional richness of chinese language tradition" (Robert Bly), this outstanding e-book conjures up the transformative energy of poetry, and how it breathes which means into our lives.

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