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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I realize I have spent whole days before this inkstone with nothing better to do, jotting down at random whatever nonsensical thoughts have entered my head. The essays themselves varied from thought-provoking topics that are relevant for humanity as a whole, to personal grievances Kenko had with Japanese society at the time. It is excellent for a man to be simple in his tastes, to avoid extravagance, to own no possessions, to entertain no craving for worldly success.

The mind invariably reacts in this way to any stimulus. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko

Above all, Kenko gives voice to a distinctively Japanese aesthetic principle: You must turn all this into vegetable plots with a single narrow path between. But nevermind, I have new things to say! I read thi This collection of Kenko’s essays is often compared with Hojoki: When the mind is broad and gentle, not a hair is harmed. Instead, I found Kenko’s varied opinions a really fascinating character study of him as an individual, as well as a peek into the time in which he lived.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. As a westerner, or maybe just as a modern woman, I found that I vehemently disagreed with a lot of Kenko’s statements, but that made for more interesting reading – by reading them I was imbibing a point of view that is so startlingly different from my own.

Despite the fact that its composition took place while Japan was embroiled in a civil war, the Tsurezuregusa serenely takes no notice of such matters; indeed, Kenko claimed he was writing his text out of sheer boredom. His sensitivity to impermanence shapes his ethics tsurezureguwa aesthetics. And then I found out I was going to Japan. 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: Written sometime between andthe Essays in Idleness, with their timeless relevance and charm, hardly mirror the turbulent times in which they were born.


Thanks easays telling us about the problem. The topics are so varied, though, that there are quite a few comments worth considering. All ambitions are vain delusions, you should realize that, if desires form in your heart, false delusions are leading you astray; you should do nothing to fulfill them. Th If I fail to say what lies on my mind it gives kebko a feeling of flatulence. You have some passages that are categorically profound: The warriors would stay in power for the next years until the Meiji Restoration.

The collection is numbered from one to two hundred and fourty-three to make for easy reading and lo Essays in Idleness is a collection of one man’s observations of the world and his thoughts concerning life, morality, and art, as well as, other topics of importance. Even with letters written by friends who are still alive I try, when it has been long since we met, to remember the circumstances, the year. Yoshida shows a taste on things which This is a miscellany.

Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of KenkĊ

Kenko goes on about very random topics, but usually ties them to the feeling of impermanence of the world. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Eessays shows a taste on things which is rooted on buddhist philosophy. The thing I enjoyed most about reading this was getting a feel for the author through each essay. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. I actually didn’t know that I already reviewed this book once before here.


Translated by Donald Keene. Many of the reflections turezuregusa little relevance or context for the present-day reader, especially an American, at least as they’re rendered in translation; these A Buddhist monk, Yoshida Kenko wrote these essays – reflections, really – during the 14th century. In relation to the concept of impermanence, his works links to the fondness of the irregular and incomplete, and the beginnings and ends of things.

This book was an earlier translation by George Samson. It’s amazing at least to me that a book written AD by a man from a vastly different culture and religion from myself can be so relatable.

To while away the idle hours, seated the livelong day before the inkslab, by jotting down without order or purpose whatever trifling thoughts pass through my mind, truly this is a queer and crazy thing to do!

In his tje, he elaborates:. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Kenko’s Essays in Idleness reflect the cultural esteem for eremitism current in the Japan of his era.

But the real charm ixleness the bo I became aware of Essays in Idleness after reading an article in Smithsonian magazine about it. When I sit down in quiet meditation, the one emotion hardest to fight against is a longing in all things for the past.

Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko by Donald Keene

May 29, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: It has a fresh, modern effect, rather like reading a blog post today. Imperfect sets are better. It would be interesting to read it in Japanese but let’s face it, my proficiency is no where near what is necessary and even my sensei has said that it’s hard for the Japanese to understand it.