Ten Thousand Lives

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Green Integer, 2005 - Poetry - 364 pages
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Born in 1933 in a small village in Korea's North Cholla Province, Ko Un grew up in a Japanese-controlled land that was soon to experience the horrors of the Korean War. He became a Buddhist monk in 1952 and began writing in the late 1950s. This is his major, ongoing work which began during his imprisonment with a determination to describe every person he had ever met. Maninbo, as it is known in Korea is now in its 20th volume and he has plans for five more before its completion. Collected here is a selection from the first 10 volumes.

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This book is a selection from a longer work by Korean poet Ko Un called (in English) Ten Thousand Lives. Several years ago, while living in a Zen monastery, he adopted the wonderfully impossible idea ... Read full review

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In each poem there are a couple insightful stories told about diverse fates. However, it is very prosaic and hard to read as poetry. Read full review


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Gary Gach has been a student of Buddhism for more than 40 years and is a consultant to the Buddhist Film Society as well as the Unified Buddhist Church. He is co-translator of Ko Un, Koreas greatest living Zen poet, and has worked as the arts and religion editor for "AsianWeek" and as a contributing editor to the "San Francisco Review of Books," He is the editor of "What Book!? Buddha Poems from Beat to HipHop,

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