translated from the Korean by Heinz Insu Fenkl
Musan Cho Oh-hyun was born in 1932 in Miryang in South Gyeongsang Province of Korea. He has lived in the mountains since he became a novice monk at the age of seven. Over the years he has written over a hundred poems, including many in sijo form. In 2007 he received the Cheong Chi-yong Literary Award for his book Distant Holy Man. The lineage holder of the Mt. Gaji school of Korean Nine Mountains Zen, he is in retreat as the head of Baekdamsa Temple at Mt. Seoraksan.
Heinz Insu Fenkl was born in 1960 in Bupyeong, Korea. He is a novelist, translator, and editor. His autobiographical novel, Memories of My Ghost Brother, was named a Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection in 1996 and a PEN/Hemingway Award finalist in 1997. He began translating Master Cho's Zen poetry after receiving a koan in May of 2010. His most recent prose translation, Yi Mun-yol's short story, "An Anonymous Island," was published in the September 12, 2011 issue of The New Yorker.