Celebrated Scholar on Chinese Poetry and Buddhist Philosophy to Speak on Campus

Red Pine, the pen name of Bill Porter, comes to campus to present “Finding Them Gone: Visiting China’s Poets of the Past” on November 12. He is one of today’s most celebrated translators of poetry and Buddhist sutras from classical Chinese.

Red Pine has established himself as an extraordinary translator of Chinese poetry, including translations of the works of the poet Han Shan (Cold Mountain), Poems of the Masters: China's Classic Anthology of T'ang and Sung Dynasty Verse, In Such Hard Times: The Poetry of Wei Ying-wu, and Mountain Poems of Stonehouse. He is the author (under the name Bill Porter) of the books Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits and Zen Baggage: A Pilgrimage to China.

Red Pine is also a celebrated translator of works on Zen Buddhism, including  Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma and the Mahayana works, The Heart Sutra, The Diamond Sutra, Hui-Neng's Platform Sutra, and Lankavatara Sutra.

“Finding Them Gone: Visiting China’s Poets of the Past” takes place at 7 p.m. on November 12, 2014, in Wyckoff Auditorium. This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Pigott McCone Chair and the Seattle University Ecosanga.