Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko [Kenko, Donald Keene] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Essays in Idleness has ratings and 62 reviews. Steve said: The great Buddha in Kamakura If man were never to fade away like the dews of Adashino,.. . Essays in Idleness has 1 rating and 1 review. J. Watson (aka umberto) said: starsWritten some years ago by a Japanese Buddhist monk named Yosh.

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Of particular interest are his thoughts on aesthetics, the nature of the beautiful. Sansom is the most distinguished. But soon they themselves must pass away.

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Instability and impermanence characterize everything. Porter, and since I have no knowledge of Japanese, I cannot make any comment on it. Still, Kenko’s observations about life and faith remain striking even in today’s world, and the book is well worth chec I had read the Tsurezuregusa before, tshrezuregusa Donald Keene’s translation.

I think my favorite musing was the following, in which the humor was most likely a Oh, how I wanted to love this book!

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Kenko published some poetry but it has not survived and contemporaries thought it mediocre.

Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko

Dec 02, Daniel Gill rated it it was amazing Shelves: To ask other readers questions about Essays in Idlenessplease sign up. I think my favorite musing was the following, in which the humor was most likely accidental, but welcome: Visions of a Torn World by Chomei, but there is a vast difference. Kenko’s Essays tsurezurregusa Idleness reflect the cultural esteem for eremitism current in the Japan of his era.


With whom is he to reminisce, Kenko wonders.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Well, unfortunately this monk comes across a lot more like a curmudgeon who’s hung up on tradition, idlenesx and overall reserve.

He refers admiringly to a court bureaucrat who spoke of wanting “to see the moon of exile, though guilty of no crime,” a clear and admirable expression of desire for reclusion 5. Only when you abandon everything without hesitation and turn to the Way will your mind and body, unhindered and unagitated, enjoy lasting peace When the mind is broad and gentle, not a hair is harmed.

When I sit down in quiet meditation, the one emotion hardest to fight against is a longing in all things for the past. Amazing insights into Japanese culture in the 14th century. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

Instead, I found Kenko’s varied opinions a really fascinating character study of him as an individual, as well as a peek into the time in which he lived. Essays in Idleness Paperback. 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 startlingly different from my own.

URL of this page: As a result, how can they help but display at times something akin to a craving for worldly goods? Interestingly, Passagesand in Sansom’s Essays have since been omitted, however, we can read them by Dr McKinney’s Essays as follows: Yoshida Kenko’s wise, perceptive, and sometimes humorous musings offer a glimpse into the mind and heart of a buddhist scholar and poet who lived in fourteenth century Japan.


Given that the book was written init feels surprisingly modern.

Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenkō

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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.

In that regard, Kenko is, perhaps, too idle, too reflective. Gli zuihitsu, quando la “mano segue il pennello”: The most precious thing in life is its uncertainty. I wasn’t bored with it even though it was a re-read. And don’t sniff deer antlers. Mar 21, Aimee rated it it was ok.

Refresh and try again. Despite the turbulent times in which he lived, the Buddhist priest Kenko met the world with a measured eye. Want to Read saving….