112th: David Hinton on "Existence: A Story"
Please join us on Monday, November 14th, 2016 at 7pm for a reading and discussion with David Hinton, on his new book Existence: A Story.
The meaning of life--as expressed in a single Chinese landscape painting: a new work of meditative philosophy by the renowned translator of the Chinese classics and author of"Hunger Mountain."
Join David Hinton on an exploration of the entire nature of reality--an ambitious project for such a compact book, and even more amazing when you see that this cosmic journey happens all within the exploration of a single Chinese landscape painting. The painting called"Peaceful-Distance Pavilion"by Shih-t'ao (1642-1707) is, like other paintings in that genre, mostly space: one tiny figure, accompanied by an attendant, looks out over a vast landscape of mountains and clouds. But start looking into that space and, with the right guidance, what you end up seeing is profound. David Hinton is the perfect guide. He uses his knowledge of Chinese philosophy, poetry, art, language, and writing system to illuminate this painting's message, which is ultimately the story of the glorious dance between nothing and everything, between emptiness and existence. It's an enthralling journey that can change the way you look at the world, a journey for which David is a wise and eloquent guide.
David Hinton is the author of the now-classic book of essays Hunger Mountain: A Field Guide to Mind and Landscape and many translations of ancient Chinese poetry and philosophy - translations that have earned wide acclaim for creating compelling contemporary works that convery the actual texture and density of the originals. These works have earned Hinton a Guggenheim Fellowhsip, numerous fellowships from N.E.A. and N.E.H., and both of the major awards given for poetry translation in the United States: the Landon Translation Award (The Academy of American Poets) and the PEN American Translation Award. The first translator in over a century to translate the five seminal masterwoks of Chinese philosphy - I Ching, Tao te Ching, Chuang Tzu, Analects, and Mencius - Hinton was recently given a lifetime achievement award by The American Academy of Arts and Letters.