Pure Land Haiku: The Art of Priest Issa

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No mere "child's poet," Issa is an aware and committed artist who celebrates, in a lifetime of haiku, the "Other Power" of Amida Buddha: a power that transforms the individual and universe or, more exactly, the individual/universe in their inseparableness. Pure Land Haiku: The Art of Priest Issa is the first book-length English-language treatment of this remarkable Japanese poet in relation to his joyful, "priestly" mission.

The first edition of this book, published by Buddhist Books International in 2004 (ISBN 0-914910-53-1), is out of print. However, a Revised Second Edition (ISBN 978-0-9859003-9-7) was published in 2013 as an e-book for Kindle and Nook ($2.99), and a Revised Second Print Edition (ISBN 978-0-9912840-4-7; $12.99) came out in 2016.