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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What constitutes refined behavior, and other matters. 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.

As Emperor Go-Daigo fended off a challenge from the usurping Hojo family, and Japan stood at the brink of a dark political era, Kenko taurezuregusa fast to his Buddhist beliefs and took refuge in the pleasures of solitude. Kenko himself states this in a similar manner in his work:. Articles containing Od text All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from November Echoing the hijiri and later wandering mendicant monks, Kenko argues that we cannot claim anything anyway, neither possessions, accomplishments, deeds, fame, nor ambitions.

Some of it was uninteresting to me though, and did not translate at all. Essays in Idleness is a collection of one man’s observations of the world and his thoughts concerning life, morality, and art, as well as, other topics of importance.

Beginnings and ends relate to the impermanence of things, and it is because of its impermanence that beginnings and ends are interesting and should be valued. Kenko clung to tradition, Buddhism, and the pleasures of solitude, and the themes he treats are all suffused with an unspoken acceptance of Buddhist beliefs. To while away the idle hours, seated the livelong day before the inkslab, by jotting down without order or purpose whatever trifling thoughts pass through my mind, truly this is a queer and crazy thing to do!


Despite the turbulent times in which he lived, the Buddhist priest Kenko met the world with a measured eye. So before I went, I was at Kinokuniya using up all those vouchers people tsurezureguza me; and quite naturally, I I actually didn’t know that I already reviewed this book tsugezuregusa before here. I would suspect Essays in Idleness is a mixed bag for typical western readers. Modern critics today have rejected this tsugezuregusa, skeptical of the possibility that any other individual aside from Kenko himself could have put together such an insightful piece of work.

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Eventually, Kenko retired at 42, became a Buddhist monk his family descended from Shinto priestsand resided alone for the rest of his life in a temple outside the capital Kyoto.

Kenko wrote during the Muromachi and Kamakura periods. And which Goodreader would dissent with another of his famous lines: He is a genuinely chill monk who does not grudge the pleasures of womanizing or drinking wine or alcohol. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. I suppose I’ll have to wait another year or two First posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile True, some feeling folk may gaze with pity on what is now but the growth of grasses of succeeding springs; but at last there comes a day when even the pine trees that groaned in the storms, not lasting out their thousand years of life, are split for fuel, and the ancient grave, dug up and turned to rice-field, leaves never a trace behind.

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There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Essays in Idleness Paperback. And then others that are so bound to their historic or cultural context as to render them almost meaningless to a typical non-scholar American like me: Imperfect sets are better.

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. Brief and of dubious practicality, these pithy observations nevertheless show us part of a mind that took an encyclopaedic interest in the world: And while his ruminations on what makes the perfect gentleman or the proper manner to carry out some ceremony generated in me a similar hhe, there is much in this text that holds the attention beyond the beautifully flowing prose.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In all things, it is the beginnings and ends that are interesting. In addition, there are some passages that are perhaps best described as straight non sequiturs.

Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of KenkĊ

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. Plus, the Tsurezuregusa of Kenko is a Buddhist priest. Product details Tankobon Hardcover: Kenko realized the fleeting nature of his affectation. The most precious thing in life is its uncertainty. Being written so long ago, it’s imbued with many Buddhist thoughts. But the real charm of the book is tsurezruegusa well the personality of Yoshida Kenko comes through.

However, it’s also funny to read about the stuff that irritates him.

Kenko clearly states his point of view regarding the nature of things in life, and regards the perishability of objects to be moving. Sun Ch’en slept without a quilt during the winter months. When in the Emperor Go-Daigo returned triumphantly to Kyoto from exile to mark the end of the Kamakura Shogunate and the rule of the samurai, Yoshida Kkenko – a middle ranking court officer and Buddhist monk- mu The great Buddha in Kamakura If man were never to fade away like the dews of Adashino, never to vanish like the smoke over Toribeyama, but lingered on forever in this world, how things would lose their power to move us!

This book is not for everyone however. It’s amazing at least to me that a book written AD by a man from a vastly different culture and religion from myself can be so relatable.