Thursday, 1 August 2013
Kindness A Vegetarian Poetry Anthology
Chairperson, Buddhist Text Translation Society For centuries, Chinese poets have written verses illustrating the Buddha’s principles of kindness and compassion. The sentiments in the poems that follow have been collected and passed on through generations, memorized, illustrated and set to music. One reason for their continuing popularity is because they arise from kindness that touches the heart.
Now the poems have been translated into English, to touch the hearts of Western readers. It is significant that the authors of these poems were prime ministers, scholars, monks and nuns, farmers, aristocrats and men and women of letters, people from all walks who share a common thread: kindness that looks beyond satisfying a desire for flavor, to unselfish concern for the well-being of others. Each poem opens a window onto a world where animals are souls who temporarily inhabit bodies different from ours, but who, like us, are moving towards enlightenment and liberation from suffering.