Wild Ways: Zen Poems of Ikkyu

Wild Ways: Zen Poems of Ikkyu

Ikkyu John Stevens Otagaki Rengetsu / Oct 21, 2019

Wild Ways Zen Poems of Ikkyu Ikkyu who lived from was known as one of Japan s most irreverent and iconoclastic Zen masters He spent much of his life as a vagrant monk wandering here and there and mingling with peopl

  • Title: Wild Ways: Zen Poems of Ikkyu
  • Author: Ikkyu John Stevens Otagaki Rengetsu
  • ISBN: 9781893996656
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ikkyu, who lived from 1394 1481, was known as one of Japan s most irreverent and iconoclastic Zen masters He spent much of his life as a vagrant monk, wandering here and there, and mingling with people both high and low born On occasion, Ikkyu played Robin Hood, taking money given by the rich and spending it on the homeless Interspersing his travels with retreats deepIkkyu, who lived from 1394 1481, was known as one of Japan s most irreverent and iconoclastic Zen masters He spent much of his life as a vagrant monk, wandering here and there, and mingling with people both high and low born On occasion, Ikkyu played Robin Hood, taking money given by the rich and spending it on the homeless Interspersing his travels with retreats deep in the mountains, he eventually became head abbot at the most important Zen temple in Japan Much of his verse rants against the pervasive hypocrisy of the Buddhist establishment and the corruption of the imperial court, but his writing is at its finest when centering around what he loved most the unfettered Zen life and the joys of sexual intimacy.

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      • Ikkyu John Stevens Otagaki Rengetsu

        Ikky 1394 1481 was an eccentric, iconoclastic Japanese Zen Buddhist priest and poet He had a great impact on the infusion of Japanese art and literature with Zen attitudes and ideals.


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    1. Beautiful stuff, both transcendent and earthy. “Since the parents are without beginning, they too flicker out; all things emerge from emptiness—the source of every form. Free yourself from forms and return to the original ground of being. From this ground, life issues forth, but let go of this too.”


    2. Ikkyu also wrote the "Skeleton" poems which are often illustrated with the author's own skeleton drawings which oddly predate the Grateful Dead skeleton art which became popular centuries later.The author though a revered buddhist who rose to a high position in ancient Japan reaffirms his roots with the common people of his era in Japan and also sings the songs of the Body in a Walt Whitmanesque way. The haiku format is not ideal for great swings of emotion and imagery, but I really have to say [...]


    3. Name-Dropping our local nugget, jewel of an author and poet, and all around deep (and light) guy, ergo balanced, Corey Mesler, who did a turn-on for me in his review.Exquisite word-making-sounds from a mountain wandering 15th century rebel monk. For the generations behind me-cool, uber, awesome,wow, rad and dog. Dig It.


    4. A great collection of haikus from the most deviant of Zen monks, poets and other thinkers of his time. Ikkyu was the head of the Daitoku-ji Zen Temple in Kyoto, Japan in the 15th century, one of the foundations of Zen Buddhism, and he blazed a path in Zen thinking that will never be replaced. Highly recommended to all who enjoy Buddhism and great laughs





    5. A review?Writing somethingTo leave behindIs yet another kind of dreamWhen I awake I know thatThere will be no one to read it- Ikkyu


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