Readers: Stephen Mitchell, Peter Coyote, Ram Dass, Dorothy Fadiman,
Robert Hass, Jane Hirshfield, Coleman Barks and Jacob Needleman.
An extraordinary treasure chest of sacred poetry with selections from the world's most
profound cultural and religious traditions read by outstanding figures in the contemporary
Peter Coyote reads from the following selections:
Han-Shan, translated by Gary Synder
Li Po, translated by Kenneth Roxroth
Layman P'ang, translated by Stephen Mitchell
Dogen, translated by Stephen Mitchell
"Stephen Mitchell, poet and translator, has edited this
collection of spiritual poetry. The selection includes sections of the Upanishads, the
book of Psalms, and the 'Bhagavadgita' as well as the writings of St. Francis of Assisi,
Dante, Blake and Yeats. The words presented in this sacred anthology have been chosen with
fine taste and purpose. The interpretations by the readers are simple and inspired. There
is a distinct sense of joy, wisdom and humor in this collection." ...
The Listener's Guide to Audio Books"
"An elegant anthology of sacred poetry, chosen with fine
taste and purpose." ...St. Louis
On the book:
"The Enlightened Heart seems to be Mitchell's version of paradise.
There is a sense of joy, of humor, and a depth of wisdom and peace that come
through." ... Parabola
About the author:
Stephen Mitchell attended Amherst, the Sorbonne and Yale, and in 1973 began training
with Seung Sahn, the 78th Patriarch of Chogye Order of Korean Buddhism. He is best known
for his translations of the poetry of Rilke, The Book of Job and the
Te Ching. He is considered one of literature's preeminent translators and enchants
his audiences with his generous presence, giving them an inkling of everything from Zen
practice to the mechanics of linguistics, offering the wealth that has enabled him to
create his masterful translations.