By Michael Golding
A FINALIST FOR THE LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD
In the culture of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha comes a brand new religious novel that may be a lovely feat of storytelling and imagination.
A Poet of the Invisible global follows Nouri, a boy born in thirteenth-century Persia with 4 ears rather than . Orphaned as an toddler, he’s taken right into a Sufi order, the place he meets an collection of dervishes and embarks on a course towards non secular awakening.
Along the way in which, Nouri will locate himself within the luxurious court docket of a sultan, a barren farm within the hills of Spain, a bustling urban at the north coast of Africa, and a monastery perched excessive within the mountains. he'll fall in love―and encounter
an adversary who will attempt to break that love.
As Nouri stumbles from one adventure to the following, he grows into manhood. each one trial he endures will shatter one other difficulty within―and lead him towards transcendence.
Michael Golding’s earlier paintings has been defined as “brilliant” (The Cleveland simple Dealer) and “so lavish and so colourful, it’s like a meal within the outdoors, laid out on brocade” (Los Angeles Times). With this new novel, seven years within the writing, he has created a gripping story that bargains with lots of life’s inner most questions. A Poet of the Invisible World will astonish readers because it awakens them to the poetry inside of themselves.
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Yen-shou revitalized the study of pan-Buddhism in the Zen context and the study of Zen in the pan-Buddhism context. He was probably the most prolific Zen author of all time, especially noted for his hundred-volume compendium Source Mirror Record, in which he synthesizes the whole range of exoteric Buddhist doctrine, quoting extensively from more than three hundred classical sources. This anthology of materials from the Five Houses of Zen closes with two selections from the work of Yen-shou of the House of Fa-yen.
Discussion and debate among the three ways of thought were promoted, in order to discourage complacency under state sponsorship and bring out the best in each of the philosophies. It was during the T’ang dynasty that the Buddhist schools of Pure Land, T’ien-t’ai, Hua-yen, Chen-yen (Mantra), and Ch’an (Zen) were given their definitive expression by the great masters of the age. The Pure Land school was taken to new heights of mystic experience by the ecstatic writings of Shan-tao; the T’ien-t’ai meditation exercises were elaborately facilitated in the technical commentaries of Chan-jan; the Hua-yen universe was brilliantly illuminated in the essays of Fa-hsiang; the secrets of Tantric Buddhism were encapsulated in the esoteric art of Huikuo; and the inner mind of Ch’an or Zen Buddhism was straightforwardly revealed in the lectures of Hui-neng.
This is the incomplete teaching. These are nonprohibitive words, generalizing expressions, words of a one-pound or one-ounce burden. These words are concerned with weeding out impure things. These are words of positive metaphor. These are dead words. These are words for ordinary people. To say that it is not possible to attain buddhahood by cultivation, that there is no cultivation and no realization, that it is neither mind nor Buddha, is also Buddha’s teaching. These are words of the complete teaching, prohibitive words, particularizing words, words of a ten-thousand-pound burden, words of negative metaphor and negative instruction, words concerned with weeding out pure things.
A Poet of the Invisible World: A Novel by Michael Golding