Red Pine Bill Porter at Hoen-ji
Renown author and translator of Buddhist texts, Red Pine Bill Porter will be with us for Mandala Day. He will give a Dharma Talk on the Heart Sutra during regular Sunday morning sitting.
For more information, contact Shugetsu Sandra Kistler-Connolly (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Bill Porter “is an American author who translates [Chinese Taoist and Buddhist texts and sutras] under the pen-name Red Pine” (Wikipedia). Unusual among such scholars, his appeal extends to students and practitioners as well as fellow scholars.
His translations of The Poems of Cold Mountain (1983) and The Mountain Poems of Stone House (1985) were among the first of many important translations of Buddhist texts. His book, Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits (1993) (published under the name, Bill Porter), details his own exploration of the hermit tradition in China and his meetings with various contemporary Chinese Buddhist hermits (Tricycle, Winter 2000), and was the inspirational basis for the 2005 film, Amongst White Clouds, directed by Edward A. Burger, detailing his own experiences with “Buddhist hermits in the Zhongnan Mountains” (Wkipedia, Red Pine, “Taoism and Buddhism”).
Recognized by both Westerners and Chinese as “an authority on Chinese religious culture” (Tricycle, Winter 2000), Porter’s deep passion for the writings of ancient Chinese hermit-monks, as well as for the wisdom of contemporary Chinese hermits allows these voices to become accessible to everyone: students, scholars, practitioners alike.