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Despite the turbulent times in which he lived, the Buddhist priest Kenko met the world with a measured eye.

Preview — Essays in Idleness by Donald Keene. Kenko goes on about very random topics, but usually ties them to the feeling of impermanence of the world. So before I went, I was at Kinokuniya using up all those vouchers people gave me; and quite naturally, I I actually didn’t know that I already reviewed this book once before here. Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.

To feel sorrow at an unaccomplished meeting, to grieve over empty vows, to spend the long night sleepless and alone, to yearn for distant skies, in a neglected home to think fondly of the past – this is what love is.

However, it’s also funny to read about the stuff that irritates him. If there is width to right and left, there is no obstruction. To ask other readers questions about Essays in Idlenessplease sign up.

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. Liz added it Apr 29, Written between andEssays in Idleness ref Despite the turbulent times in which if lived, the Buddhist priest Kenko met the world with a measured eye. Trivia About Essays in Idlenes I think my favorite musing was the following, in which the humor was most likely accidental, but welcome: Enjoyed it but it might not be for simple amusement or for those searching for points to meditate on.


Complete collections are not as perfect as incomplete ones. Through his appreciation of the world around him and his keen understanding of historical events, Kenko conveys the essence of Buddhist philosophy and its subtle teachings for all readers. My recollection was that this was a dull book, full of judgmental observations by a self-preoccupied guy that was not particularly likeable. It would be tsurezuregisa to read it in Tsurezureugsa but let’s face it, my proficiency is no where near what is necessary and even my sensei has said that it’s hard for the Japanese to understand it.

Jeff marked it as to-read Oct 06, Kenko himself states this in a similar manner in kenio work:.

Probably the best paragraphs in the book are the ones under the heading ‘On Different Points of View,” where the beauty of imperfect things are discussed. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. PaperbackSecond Paperback Editionpages. And which Goodreader would dissent with another of his famous lines: After his death, these scraps were peeled away, sorted, and copied into a volume now known as Essays in Idleness This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

I read tshrezuregusa This collection of Kenko’s essays is kekno compared with Hojoki: His awareness is very modern. Then how can later generations grieve, who only know him by repute?

I enjoyed reading the quirky nonsense, and the moving profundity. It’s a quick, pleasant read, and would be worth-while for anyone with an interest in Japanese history or Zen Buddhism.

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Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko

This collection of Kenko’s essays is often compared with Hojoki: The most precious thing in life is its uncertainty. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

What’s not to like, right? Potrebbe mai il Buddha di neve attendere la fine della costruzione? Quotes from Essays in Idlenes Here’s one of my favorite passages. This books is a collection of essays written by a Japanese priest between and This is one of the classics of Japanese literature, ksnko I read it in college.

And so the simplicity of our lives requires unattachment because all else is impermanent, especially possessions. In all things, it is the beginnings and ends that are interesting.

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Jun 08, Angela rated it it was amazing Shelves: Instability and impermanence characterize everything. This book was an earlier translation by George Samson. 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 are anecdotes recounting sayings or acts notables from that time or earlier or mundane observations about medicine or customs.

You can almost hear his voice as you read, and for a book this old that is quite an experience He is talking about the existential dilemma of human being. Despite the struggle between the Emperor Go-Daigo and the usurping Hojo family that rocked Japan during these years, the Buddhist priest Kenko found himself “with nothing better to do, jotting down at random whatever nonsensical thoughts have entered my head.