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Sometimes he is tsurezuregsua philosophical skeptic, but usually he expresses Buddhist themes without overt religious sentiment. Want to Read saving…. I suppose I’ll have to wait iidleness year or two First posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile I enjoyed reading the quirky nonsense, and the moving profundity.

And then there are the pieces of invaluable advice: Learn more about Amazon Prime. He was a connoisseur of muted suspense, and that, coupled with his longing for the past led naturally to his greatest pleasure — reading. My version is the translation by William N. Return to Book Page.

Tsurezuregusa – Wikipedia

Many of the reflections have little relevance or context for the present-day reader, especially an American, at least as they’re rendered in translation; these A Buddhist monk, Yoshida Kenko wrote these essays – reflections, really – during the 14th century.

The hermit way of life is best; he feels no want even if he has nothing. An important recurring theme concerns the transience of life and futility of desiring material comfort and actively pursuing worldly ambition; the author instead extols plainness, simplicity, humility, skill for the sake of its own merit of excellence. Retrieved from ” https: Heaven and earth are boundless.

He exemplifies the saying that Zen idlehess impress you with their complete “ordinariness”. Translated by Donald Keene. Porter, and since I have no knowledge of Japanese, I cannot make any comment on it.


After a fime they go no longer to his tomb, and the people do not even know his name or who he was. All ambitions are vain delusions, you should realize that, if desires form in your heart, false delusions are leading you astray; you should do nothing to fulfill them. So before I went, I was at Kinokuniya using up all those vouchers people gave me; and quite naturally, I rebought this.

It’s a primary document from an author who lived hundreds of years ago; his collected thoughts and wisdom.

It’s a quick, pleasant read, and would be worth-while for anyone with an interest in Japanese history or Zen Buddhism. But nevermind, I have new things to say!

I feel I got a lot out of it this time through, and saw a lot more wisdom in there than I had previously encountered. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenkō

His awareness is very modern. For comparison, Sansom ‘s translation:. And which Goodreader would dissent with another of his famous lines: Kenko might sound like he is just rambling and he takes that pose intentionallybut he is not. The perspective is intimate similar to the ‘slice-of-life’ genre in Japanese anime and mangaand might surprise you in how ‘modern’ the sentiment of the author is. In relation to the concept of impermanence, his works links to the fondness of the irregular and incomplete, and the beginnings and ends of things.

Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko

I became aware of Essays in Idleness after reading an article in Smithsonian magazine about it. The words must have been a common designation for all officials whose numbers were fixed.

Of particular interest are his thoughts on aesthetics, the nature of the beautiful. You must turn all this into vegetable plots with a single narrow path between. As a westerner, or maybe just as a modern woman, I found that I vehemently disagreed with a lot of Kenko’s statements, but that made for more interesting reading – by reading them I was imbibing a point of view that is so startlin This books is a collection of essays written by a Japanese priest between and To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


Kenko’s Essays in Idleness – Articles – Hermitary

Kenko wrote during the Muromachi and Kamakura periods. Refresh and try again. Gli zuihitsu, quando la “mano segue il pennello”: I don’t know how, I don’t know when but it was lost for a period of time. He recommends to the sufferer of misfortune “to shut his gate and live in seclusion, so quietly, awaiting nothing, that people cannot tell whether or not he is at home” 5.

Given that the book was written init feels surprisingly modern. J marked it as to-read Jul 26, This quote justifiably has half a page of footnotes that accompany it in the Donald Keene translationbut it’s inarguable that this passage and others like it just don’t have much to offer people like me. This books is a collection of essays written by a Japanese priest between and Charles E Tuttle January 1, Language: The sight of ruined palaces, halls, and temples, some mere foundation stones, acutely awakes this sense of impermanence” Books by Donald Keene.

It is such pride as this that makes a man appear a fool, makes him abused by others, and invites disaster.

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