One Robe, One Bowl: Zen Poetry of Ryokan


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The hermit-monk Ryokan, long beloved in Japan both for his poetry and for his character, belongs in the tradition of the great Zen eccentrics of China and Japan. His reclusive life and celebration of nature and the natural life also bring to mind his younger American contemporary, Thoreau. Ryokan's poetry is that of the mature Zen master, its deceptive simplicity revealing an art that surpasses artifice. Although Ryokan was born in eighteenth-century Japan, his extraordinary poems, capturing in a few luminous phrases both ...

One Robe, One Bowl: Zen Poetry of Ryokan 1977, Weatherhill

ISBN-13: 9780834801264

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