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Essays in Idleness


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Yoshida Kenko (c. 1283-1352) was a Buddhist priest, a reclusive scholar and poet who had ties to the aristocracy of medieval Japan. Despite his links to the Imperial court, Kenko spent much time in seclusion and mused on Buddhist and Taoist teachings. His Essays in Idleness is a collection of his thoughts on his inner world and the world of Japanese life in the fourteenth century. He touched on topics as diverse as the benefits of the simple life ("There is indeed none but the complete hermit who leads a desirable life"), ...

Essays in Idleness 2009, Cosimo Classics

ISBN-13: 9781605208053


Essays in Idleness 2005, Cosimo Classics, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9781596050624

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Essays in Idleness 2001, NTC/Contemporary Publishing Company

ISBN-13: 9781853267888

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