December 13, 2010

An Ancestry of Earth Literature

The Tricycle Book Club is discussing Lin Jensen's Deep Down Things: The Earth in Celebration and Dismay! Look for daily excerpts from the book on the Tricycle Blog to inspire the conversation, which is happening here.

From Deep Down Things:

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For me, an equivalent to the Pali Canon of Indian Buddhism is a canon of teachings in English that inquires into the human relationship to land. It’s an ancestry of earth literature that includes writings are disparate in time and kind as that of the Middle English Piers Plowman, in which Piers, the humble plowman of the titles, appears and offers himself as a guide to truth, passing through such works as Henry David Thoreau’s mid-nineteenth century Walden down to such contemporary teachings as those of Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Just as every Buddhist scripture or koan, regardless of its discrete content, is invariably about what Buddhists term essential nature or Buddha nature, so too do these writers of earth scripture reach through and beyond the specific content of their works to give voice to the essential nature of our human exchange with earth."

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Image: "Walden Pond Sunrise" from the Flickr photostream of Storm Crypt

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