Thursday, April 09, 2020

I prefer to enjoy myself alone. Ryokan (1758—1831)


Ryokan (1758—1831). An unconventional and retiring poet, Ryokan became a monk of the Soto sect of Zen at an early age, and led an austere, unassuming life, whimsically giving himself the name of “Great Fool”.
In his old age he formed a close attachment to a young nun, Teishin, who brought out the first selection of his poems, which up till then had remained unpublished.
Many now regard him as the finest poet of his age.

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Source: Zen Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets Series)

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