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Author: Red Pine (Translator)

Bill Porter, who translates under the name Red Pine, was born in Califoria and grew up in Northern Idaho. After a tour of duty in the US Army, he attended UC Santa Barbara and majored in Anthropology. He recieved his graduate degree at Columbia University and studied with a faculty that included Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict. He became interested in Buddhism, and in 1972 he left America and moved to a Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. After more than three years with the monks and nuns, he struck out on his own, supporting himself by teaching English and by working as a journalist at English-language radio stations in Taiwan and Hong Kong. During this time, he married a Chinese woman, with whom he has two children, and he began working on translations of Chinese poetry and Buddhist texts. In 1993, he returned to America so that his children could learn English. For the past twenty years, he has worked as an independent scholar and has supported himself from book royalties and lecture fees. During this time, he has lectured at many of the major universities in the US, England and Germany where he has lectured on Chinese history, culture, poetry, and religion. His translations of texts dealing with these subjects have been honored with a number of awards, including two NEA translation fellowships, a PEN translation award, the inaugural Asian Literature Award of the American Literary Translators Association, a Guggenheim Fellowship, which he received to support work on a book based on a pilgrimage to the graves and homes of China's greatest poets of the past, which was published under the title Finding Them Gone in January of 2016, and more recently in 2018 the Thornton Wilder Prize for Translation bestowed by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His translations include WHY NOT PARADISE (Empty Bowl, 2019), STONEHOUSE'S POEMS FOR ZEN MONKS (Empty Bowl, 2019), CATHAY REVISITED (Empty Bowl, 2019), A DAY IN THE LIFE (Empty Bowl, 2018), and P'U MING'S OXHERDING PICTURES

A Day in the Life: the Empty Bowl & Diamond Sutras
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A Day in the Life: the Empty Bowl & Diamond Sutras

Empty Bowl

Literary Nonfiction. Asian & Asian American Studies. Religion and Spirituality. Buddhism. Translated by Red Pine. Empty Bowl is proud to present Red Pine's newest offering: two sutras that record a day in the life of the Buddha when the Buddha was t...

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Cathay Revisited
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Cathay Revisited

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Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. This is a book of translation about translating. Red Pine has revisited the poems first translated by Ezra Pound in his Cathay, renewed them through his own experience of language and culture, and attached an important e...

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P'u Ming's Oxherding Pictures and Verses, 2nd Edition
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P'u Ming's Oxherding Pictures and Verses, 2nd Edition

Empty Bowl

Poetry. East Asia Studies. Translated from the Chinese. Reprinting of the 2nd revised edition, including a new preface and beautiful illustrations. In these translations of the mysterious P'u Ming's work, Red Pine demonstrates the way in which the o...

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Stonehouse's Poems for Zen Monks
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Stonehouse's Poems for Zen Monks

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Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. "In 1312, Stonehouse left Hangchou and moved to the northernmost peak of the Tienmu Mountains. It was only twenty kilometers south of Taochang Temple, where he earlier served as deputy abbot. Its pagoda would ...

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Trusting The Mind: Zen Epigrams
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Trusting The Mind: Zen Epigrams

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Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. From the translator's preface: "This is a book of epigrams, epigrams that encapsulate the teaching the Buddha first transmitted 2,400 years ago when he held up a flower and Kashyapa smiled. They're that simple...

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Why Not Paradise

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Why Not Paradise

Empty Bowl

Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. Of all the Buddhists in China, Japan, and Korea, the vast majority follow teachings centered on rebirth in the Pure Land, or Western Paradise, of Amitabha Buddha. All Buddhist sutras are a...

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