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Hunger Mountain : A Field Guide to Mind and Landscape
by David Hinton


Overview - Come along with David Hinton on a series of walks through the wild beauty of Hunger Mountain, near his home in Vermont excursions informed by the worldview he s imbibed from his many years translating the classics of Chinese poetry and philosophy. His broad-ranging discussion offers insight on everything from the mountain landscape to the origins of consciousness and the Cosmos, from geology to Chinese landscape painting, from parenting to pictographic oracle-bone script, to a family chutney recipe.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Come along with David Hinton on a series of walks through the wild beauty of Hunger Mountain, near his home in Vermont excursions informed by the worldview he s imbibed from his many years translating the classics of Chinese poetry and philosophy. His broad-ranging discussion offers insight on everything from the mountain landscape to the origins of consciousness and the Cosmos, from geology to Chinese landscape painting, from parenting to pictographic oracle-bone script, to a family chutney recipe. It s a spiritual ecology that is profoundly ancient and at the same time resoundingly contemporary. Your view of the landscape and of your place in it may never be the same."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781611800166
  • ISBN-10: 1611800161
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications
  • Publish Date: November 2012
  • Page Count: 143
  • Dimensions: 7.69 x 5.06 x 0.42 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.36 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-11-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

Whether in his poetry, prose, or translations, Hinton, a leading modern translator of classical Chinese poetry, explores landscapes and consciousness and their inseparability in Chinese art and philosophy. In these 21 personal essays, Hinton burrows into China's protolingual Paleolithic Age and the 6th century BCE origins of Tao and Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism. Eschewing any hint of the dualism encoded in Western thought and religion, Hinton reverently unwraps the deep meanings of primary Chinese pictographs until only the vibrating word-seed lies exposed. "The primary word for poetry is written using pictographic elements," writes Hinton, "meaning ‘spoken word' and ‘temple'." He pairs his own metaphysical insights from living, working, and walking around Vermont's Hunger Mountain with those of China's classical sage-poets (K'uang Su, T'ao Ch'ien, Tu Fu, and more) to masterful effect. While this may be rigorous reading for those unfamiliar with Hinton's specialized topics, there are wonderful stories for all to enjoy, especially that of poet Summit-Gate, who made a library of autumn leaves with her poem written on them and, at first snowfall, released them one by one to the mountain wind. (Nov. 13)

 
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