Environmental Humanities

In honor of the Vernal Equinox this coming Sunday, we'd like to share two Chinese poems, one an ancient Tang poem and a more recent offering from the 20th century, expressing the tenderness of spring. 

Spring Dawn 
Meng Haoran 689/91-740, trans. Shawn Powrie

This is a clip from our episode featuring Aaron Weiss, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. He discusses the portability of Buddhism across cultures, as it has moved across landscapes and communities since its inception in ancient India. Important questions of cultural diffusion and cultural appropriation comes up along the way.

In honor of the start of the lunar new year this week, we offer an excerpt from Chinese poet, Hsieh Hui-Lien's masterpiece, “Snow Fu.”

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