A collection of poetry by Thay Giac Thanh (writing under his pen name Da Hac) the much loved senior disciple of Thich Nhat Hanh and the first abbot of Deer Park monastery in Escondido, California. These fifty poems explore his journey from young boy in Vietnam to Buddhist monk, to immigrant and monastic leader. While the early poems are full of romantic and poetic imagery, the subsequent ones convey a profound wisdom and spaciousness of heart. As both disciple and Zen master, he was committed to cultivating great compassion and liberation through inner discovery. Light in spirit, loving and wise, sometimes strict, often humorous, his poetry perfectly captures Thay Giac Thanh’s clarity, wisdom, and heart. With beautiful original ink drawings by Orlin Mantchev.
Plume worn down, ink empty,
Paper is still blank,
Poems written nowhere.
Shout reaches the sky,
Rivers, mountains remain calm.
Drinking Tea Alone
I am a traveler, alone on the veranda, drinking morning tea
Vapors rise and dance with fragrance.
Afar is the silky, tranquil river.
Sun rises, sweeping away the morning chill.
An empty autumn
Under empty sky