Rengetsu: Life and Poetry of Lotus Moon

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As a poet, potter, painter, martial artist, and Buddhist nun, Otagaki Rengetsu transformed a life of tragedy into one of artistic and spiritual transcendence, ultimately becoming one of Japan's greatest female poets.

This collection features a survey of her finest poetry accompanied by a sampling of her pottery and paintings. As never before, John Stevens captures the radiant and powerful simplicity of Rengetsu's life and art in this biography ...

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As a poet, potter, painter, martial artist, and Buddhist nun, Otagaki Rengetsu transformed a life of tragedy into one of artistic and spiritual transcendence, ultimately becoming one of Japan's greatest female poets.

This collection features a survey of her finest poetry accompanied by a sampling of her pottery and paintings. As never before, John Stevens captures the radiant and powerful simplicity of Rengetsu's life and art in this biography and new translation of her work.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781626549319
  • Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media
  • Publication date: 1/30/2014
  • Pages: 182
  • Sales rank: 320,841
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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  • Posted April 18, 2014

    A beautiful portrait of a difficult but spiritual life At the a

    A beautiful portrait of a difficult but spiritual life

    At the age of 33 in 1823, a brave woman "shaved her head, vowing to renounce the world" and assumed the name Lotus Moon or Rengetsu. Learn how through two marriages and the lose of children she became one of the greatest female Buddhist nuns of Japan. Translator John Stevens shares essays about her, poems by her, as well as photos or her pottery and paintings. You will also learn about her talents as a martial artist!

    It is worth reading this book even if you are unfamiliar with Buddhist poetry, in fact, its a wonderful introduction. I love the raw symbolism found in the poem Nadeshiko (a shrub traditionally representative of purity and love). "Flowers covered with dew, Makes me recall how I once smoothed out, My children's tangled, Morning hair on my sleeve."

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