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Chinese Buddhist Verse (1954)

by Richard H. Robinson

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Chinese Buddhist gathas are written in unrhymed blank verse with four, five, or seven characters to a line. With few exceptions, each line of English in Robinson's translation corresponds to a single line of the Chinese. Being collective literature, gathas are concerned more with affirming a group's doctrine than with individual expression. All but the first three poems are Mahayana; that is, they deal with the course of the bodhisattva, the enlightenment being.… (more)

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Chinese Buddhist gathas are written in unrhymed blank verse with four, five, or seven characters to a line. With few exceptions, each line of English in Robinson's translation corresponds to a single line of the Chinese. Being collective literature, gathas are concerned more with affirming a group's doctrine than with individual expression. All but the first three poems are Mahayana; that is, they deal with the course of the bodhisattva, the enlightenment being.

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