A seminal work by Korea's premier author, this is an epic tale of a young boy's search for enlightenment, based loosely on the Gandavyuha, the last book in the Avatamsaka, or Flower Ornament, Sutra. Little Pilgrim takes its readers on a fantastical journey, in which the hero encounters 53 different teachers who take different forms as men, women, children, animals, and heavenly beings.
Follow Sudhana, the little pilgrim, across the rivers, deserts, mountains, and heavens of ancient India in this extraordinary tale of spiritual awakening. A remarkable odyssey filled with striking images and timeless characters, Little Pilgrim will capture your heart.
"Ko Un is a magnificent poet, a combination of Buddhist cognoscente, passionate political libertarian, and naturalist historian." Allen Ginsberg.
"Not just holding his Zen insights and their miraculous workings tight to himself…Ko Un outfoxes the old masters and the young poets both." Gray Snyder.
"Ko Un is one of the most important poets of our time." Robert Hass, former U.S.Poet Laureate.
"Little Pilgrim is a treasure trove…in Ko UN's surefooted possession, the story of Sudhana's passage to enlightenment is liberated from its scriptural confinement into the full light of day." Francisco Cho.