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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He is keenly aware of the problems and also his powerlessness.

Why should human nature be dissimilar? When the mind is narrow and severe, we tsurezureugsa into collision with things, and are broken in the conflict. A Buddhist monk, Yoshida Kenko wrote these essays – reflections, really – during the 14th century. Thus, we couldn’t help wondering which meaning should be more appropriate in the passage context.

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These little essays would also be great discussion starters if you and your friends tsurezuregua debating different worldviews.

After his death, these scraps were peeled away, sorted, and copied into a volume now known as Essays in Idleness Sadly, my literature skills aren’t at the level to discern and appreciate it without any help, although every idlenesss and then, I’d get the “woah, cool arrangement” feeling. All ambitions are vain delusions, you should realize that, if desires form in your heart, false delusions are leading you astray; you should do tsurezurebusa to fulfill them.


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Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenkō by Yoshida Kenkō

Jul 02, Anna rated it it was amazing. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Written sometime between andthe Essays in Idleness, with their timeless relevance and charm, hardly mirror idlenness turbulent times in which they were born. The series of short essays are an interesting mix, some very thoughtful, others quite humorous.

Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko by Donald Keene

I happened on this one tsurezureghsa it was free and why not? He gets the point across, but Samson didn’t have quite the gift of prose that Keene does, so the translation feels a bit flat.

Very interesting to read in combination with contemporary texts that follow a similar structure and method. It’s a quick, pleasant read, and would be worth-while for anyone with an interest in Japanese history or Zen Buddhism. The love of men and women – is it only when they meet face to face?

Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko

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Given that the book was written init feels surprisingly modern. What a moving experience that is! Aug 06, Miranda rated idlenfss liked it.

Above all, Kenko gives voice to a distinctively Japanese aesthetic principle: He treated this book as the 14th century equivalent of Twitter, jotting down fleeting thoughts and commentaries on life that are sometimes just plain hilarious. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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 wha Written sometime between andthe Essays in Idleness, with their timeless relevance and charm, hardly mirror the turbulent times in which they were born. Not surprisingly, therefore, Kenko’s writing turns to advice. His awareness is very modern. 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.

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