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

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


Philip Whalen used to be 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. When the Beat writers got here West, Whalen turned a respected, much-loved member of the group. Erudite, shy, and profoundly non secular, his presence not just moved his fast circle of Beat cohorts, yet his robust, startling, cutting edge paintings might 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 exhibits how deeply bonded those intimates have been, aiding each other of their paintings and their religious paths. Schneider, himself an ordained priest, presents an insider’s view of Whalen’s struggles and breakthroughs in his thirty years as a Zen monk. while Whalen died in 2002 because the retired Abbot of the Hartford highway Zen heart, his personal instructor stated him as a patriarch of the Western lineage of Buddhism. Crowded via Beauty chronicles the process Whalen’s existence, concentrating on his detailed, eccentric, funny, and literary-religious practice.

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