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481Buber and Basho

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  • Bureau of Public Secrets
    Oct 7, 2007
      Now online at the Bureau of Public Secrets website:

      MARTIN BUBER'S "I AND THOU"
      (Passages from the central work of the great "philosopher of dialogue" whom
      Rexroth called "practically the only religious writer a non-religious person
      could take seriously today" and whose philosophy others have jokingly but
      not altogether inaccurately referred to as "Zen Judaism")
      http://www.bopsecrets.org/gateway/passages/buber.htm

      THE HASIDISM OF MARTIN BUBER
      (A critical appreciation by Kenneth Rexroth)
      http://www.bopsecrets.org/rexroth/buber.htm

      BASHO'S FROG HAIKU
      (30 translations of the famous haiku, with a commentary by Zen teacher
      Robert Aitken)
      http://www.bopsecrets.org/gateway/passages/basho-frog.htm

      BASHO'S "NARROW ROAD TO THE INTERIOR"
      (Nine translations of the opening paragraph of Basho's travel journal,
      with links to complete online versions)
      http://www.bopsecrets.org/gateway/passages/basho-oku.htm

      HAIKU AND JAPANESE RELIGION
      (Rexroth's review of some of the above translations)
      http://www.bopsecrets.org/rexroth/essays/haiku.htm

      The Buber and Basho passages are part of a series of comparative
      translations that also includes Homer, Sappho, Tu Fu, Baudelaire,
      the "Tao Te Ching", the "Kalevala" and the "Carmina Burana".
      See http://www.bopsecrets.org/gateway/passages/index.htm

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      Of related interest at the same website:

      "Japanese Literature" (Rexroth)
      http://www.bopsecrets.org/rexroth/essays/keene.htm

      "Lafcadio Hearn and Japanese Buddhism" (Rexroth)
      http://www.bopsecrets.org/rexroth/hearn.htm

      Rexroth's Translations of Japanese Poetry
      http://www.bopsecrets.org/rexroth/translations/japanese.htm



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