Crowded by Beauty: The Life and Zen of Poet Philip Whalen by David Schneider

By David Schneider

Philip Whalen was once an American poet, Zen Buddhist, and key determine within the literary and creative scene that spread out in San Francisco within the Nineteen Fifties and ’60s. while the Beat writers got here West, Whalen turned a respected, much-loved member of the crowd. Erudite, shy, and profoundly religious, his presence not just moved his speedy circle of Beat cohorts, yet his robust, startling, leading edge paintings may come to affect American poetry to the current day.

Drawing on Whalen’s journals and private correspondence—particularly with Ginsberg, Kerouac, Snyder, Kyger, Welch, and McClure —David Schneider indicates how deeply bonded those intimates have been, assisting each other of their paintings and their religious paths. Schneider, himself an ordained priest, offers an insider’s view of Whalen’s struggles and breakthroughs in his thirty years as a Zen monk. whilst Whalen died in 2002 because the retired Abbot of the Hartford highway Zen middle, his personal instructor mentioned him as a patriarch of the Western lineage of Buddhism. Crowded by means of attractiveness chronicles the process Whalen’s existence, targeting his special, eccentric, funny, and literary-religious perform.

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By David Schneider

Philip Whalen was once an American poet, Zen Buddhist, and key determine within the literary and creative scene that spread out in San Francisco within the Nineteen Fifties and ’60s. while the Beat writers got here West, Whalen turned a respected, much-loved member of the crowd. Erudite, shy, and profoundly religious, his presence not just moved his speedy circle of Beat cohorts, yet his robust, startling, leading edge paintings may come to affect American poetry to the current day.

Drawing on Whalen’s journals and private correspondence—particularly with Ginsberg, Kerouac, Snyder, Kyger, Welch, and McClure —David Schneider indicates how deeply bonded those intimates have been, assisting each other of their paintings and their religious paths. Schneider, himself an ordained priest, offers an insider’s view of Whalen’s struggles and breakthroughs in his thirty years as a Zen monk. whilst Whalen died in 2002 because the retired Abbot of the Hartford highway Zen middle, his personal instructor mentioned him as a patriarch of the Western lineage of Buddhism. Crowded by means of attractiveness chronicles the process Whalen’s existence, targeting his special, eccentric, funny, and literary-religious perform.

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