Jane Hirshfield, an internationally renowned poet, received lay ordination in the Soto Zen tradition in 1979. She appeared in the 2010 PBS documentary “The Buddha” and she is the author of eight collections of poetry, including the new The Beauty, long-listed for the 2015 National Book Award, Come, Thief, published in August 2011, After (shortlisted for England’s T.S. Eliot Prize and named a “best book of 2006” by the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the London Financial Times), Given Sugar, Given Salt (finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award), The Lives of the Heart, and The October Palace, as well as two books of essays, the new Ten Windows: How great poems transform the world and the now classic Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. She also edited and co-translated four books containing the work of poets from the past: The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Komachi & Shikibu; Women of the Ancient Court of Japan; Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women; Mirabai: Ecstatic Poems; and The Heart of Haiku, on Basho, named an Amazon Best Book of 2011. Her work appears in the The Best Spiritual Writing, The Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The New Yorker, Atlantic, Poetry, and Harpers.