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Sky Above, Great Wind: The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

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    Sky Above, Great Wind Here Tanahashi presents a well-rounded sa

    Sky Above, Great Wind

    Here Tanahashi presents a well-rounded sampling of the ancient writings of Master Ryokan accompanied by biographical information along with insightful analysis of this ancient master’s calligraphy, poetic form, and subject matter. Sampling a diverse array of Ryokan’s works, Tanahashi demonstrates that there is more to the Great Fool than many have presumed. He thus paints a complex image of the poet through a balance of poems dwelling on simplistic child-like elation with those depicting the internal struggle of loneliness, along with the whole spectrum of emotions in between. These poems evoke contemplation of the many facets of existence, including the individual’s understanding of the universe. For example, Ryokan asks us:

    How could we discuss
    This and that
    Without knowing
    The whole world is
    Reflected in a single pearl?

    Tanahashi constantly strives to capture that which is lost in translation and enlivens these ancient works with crisp and deliberate diction. With its detailed yet succinct commentary, humorous anecdotes, and disarmingly beautiful poems, this collection is invaluable for any connoisseur of Zen poetry or Buddhist teachings. For further reading on this subject, check out John Stevens's Extraordinary Zen Masters.

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  • Posted June 21, 2013

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    Great poesy and enlightening!

    A wodnerul written and edited book about Zen Master Ry¿kan Taigu (¿¿¿¿ by Kazuaki Tanahashi ¿¿¿¿ who is an excellent writer and practitioner of Zen. The poesy is short and engaging and allow one to assimilate or transcend Ry¿kan's thoughts.I read the book several times in a row and each time I enjoyed new things about it; this is a great book to read and add to one's collection of Zen, especially if one is a practicing Buddhist. Simply enjoyable! Namaste.

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    Posted March 5, 2013

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