Thomas Cleary, Prolific Translator of Eastern Texts, Dies at 72

His renderings of classic works of Buddhism, Taoism and more brought them to a general Western readership.

By Neil Genzlinger

Thomas Cleary, who translated scores of Buddhist, Taoist, ancient Chinese and other texts into English, greatly broadening access to these works in the West, died on June 20 in Oakland, Calif. He was 72.

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