Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko / Edition 2

Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko / Edition 2

by Donald Keene, Kenko Yoshida, Donald (Translator) Keene, Tsurezuregusa
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231112556

ISBN-13: 9780231112550

Pub. Date: 04/29/1998

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Despite the turbulent times in which he lived, the Buddhist priest Kenko met the world with a measured eye. 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 held fast to his Buddhist beliefs and took refuge in the pleasures of solitude. Written between 1330 and 1332, Essays in

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Despite the turbulent times in which he lived, the Buddhist priest Kenko met the world with a measured eye. 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 held fast to his Buddhist beliefs and took refuge in the pleasures of solitude. Written between 1330 and 1332, Essays in Idleness reflects the congenial priest's thoughts on a variety of subjects. His brief writings, some no more than a few sentences long and ranging in focus from politics and ethics to nature and mythology, mark the crystallization of a distinct Japanese principle: that beauty is to be celebrated, though it will ultimately perish. Through his appreciation of the world around him and his keen understanding of historical events, Kenko conveys the essence of Buddhist philosophy and its subtle teachings for all readers. Insisting on the uncertainty of this world, Kenk? asks that we waste no time in following the way of Buddha.

In this fresh edition, Donald Keene's critically acclaimed translation is joined by a new preface, in which Keene himself looks back at the ripples created by Kenk?'s musings, especially for modern readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231112550
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
04/29/1998
Series:
Translations from the Asian Classics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
235
Sales rank:
771,504
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Paperback EditionForeword, by William Theodore de BaryPrefaceIntroductionEssays in IdlenessSelected BibliographyIndex

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