The Old Tea Seller
Life and Zen Poetry in 18th Century Kyoto
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About the author
Norman Waddell lives in Kyoto, Japan. His other translations include work by Dogen, Bankei, Hakuin, D. T. Suzuki, and many others.
Poet, Zen Buddhist priest, renowned thinker, and seller of tea Baisao was all of these things, as well as being a bit of an eccentric. Known to carry large wicker baskets filled with tea utensils through the streets and surrounding hills of Japan's capital, Baisao set up shop wherever he ended up and brewed tea for those who came to enjoy the scenery with him. Establishing a quiet, simple life, Baisao spent his final years composing poetry, brewing tea, and teaching Zen, in the process becoming a well-loved figure. These poems, memoirs, and letters tell us more about this endearing person and trace his long life's profound spiritual journey. This comprehensive translation includes nearly all of Baisao's writings, giving us a deep look at this remarkable man.
; March 2009
240 pages; ISBN 9781582439761Read online
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Title: The Old Tea Seller
Author: Baisao; Norman Waddell