Wabi Sabi for Writers

Wabi Sabi for Writers

Find Inspiration, Respect Imperfection, Create Peerless Beauty

Book - 2006
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- From the author of the successful Wabi Sabi Simple - The first book to apply the principles of wabi sabi to writing - Author Richard Powell studied creative writing at the Kootenay School of Writing under Margaret Atwood, Fred Wah, and Audrey Thomas This eloquent and thoughtful guide explores the unique wabi sabi approach to: - Inspiration--transforming strong feelings into art - Interest--understanding and stimulating the reader's motivation - Community--writer's groups and what they have to offer - Enlightenment--practicing Zen through writing A striking follow-up to Wabi Sabi Simple, this thoughtful, engaging volume provides practical suggestions along with accessible philosophy to make the writing life more productive, peaceful, and fulfilling.
Publisher: Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, c2006
ISBN: 9781593375966
Branch Call Number: ANF 808.02019 POW
Characteristics: viii, 200 p. ; 18 cm


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Jun 01, 2008

Wabi sabi acknowledges three things: "nothing is perfect, nothing lasts, and nothing is finished." So, at first glance, it seems to celebrate the very thing that causes suffering. Yet, Basho found that wabi sabi led to enlightenment. So what is going on here? Basho himself studied Zen for several years and traveled in disguise as a Zen priest, yet he clearly became attached to people and places, wept openly beside ancient battlegrounds and other sites of romance or valor. He suffered gladly the pains of attachment and sympathy, identified with nature and its pathos. Either he was not very disciplined in his Buddhist practice, or he understood something about attachment and loss that we could do well to learn.


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