Peter Levitt

Peter Levitt was born in New York City in 1946. His ten poetry books include Within Within,One Hundred Butterflies and Bright Root, Dark Root. In addition, he has published Fingerpainting on the Moon: Writing and Creativity as a Path to Freedom, and, with Kazuaki Tanahashi, he cotranslated A Flock of Fools: Ancient Buddhist Tales of Wisdom and Laughter. In addition, he has published fiction and literary translations from Chinese, Japanese and Spanish. Legendary poet, Robert Creeley, wrote that Peter Levitt’s poetry “sounds the honor of our common dance,” and, in 1989 Peter received the prestigious Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry.

A longtime student of Zen, he edited Thich Nhat Hanh’s classic,The Heart of Understanding, and recently he served as Associate and Translation Editor of The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye – Zen Master Dogen’s Shobo Genzo, edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi. He and Tanahashi also coedited The Essential Dogen: Writings of the Great Zen Master. He is the founding and guiding teacher of the Salt Spring Zen Circle on Salt Spring Island, where he lives with his family.


Books Edited by Peter Levitt

Books Translated by Peter Levitt