Zen & the Arts - Field Notes

Li Qingzhao

Li Qingzhao was a Chinese writer and poet in the Song dynasty (c.960-1279), writing at the time the great Chinese koan collections were being made. She evokes the encounter with a koan or art or the truth of our own lives. She is widely considered one of the greatest female poets in Chinese history. Only around a hundred of her poems are known to have survived.

This translation is by Joan Sutherland.

Pieces by Li Qingzhao