Essays in Idleness and Hjki

Essays in Idleness and Hjki

Paperback - 2013
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'If our life did not fade and vanish like the dews of Adashino's graves or the drifting smoke from Toribe's burning grounds, but lingered on for ever, how little the world would move us. It is the ephemeral nature of things that makes them wonderful.' These two works on life's fleeting pleasures are by Buddhist monks from medieval Japan, but each shows a different world-view. In the short memoir H#65533;j#65533;ki, Ch#65533;mei recounts his decision to withdraw from worldly affairs and live as a hermit in a tiny hut in the mountains, contemplating the impermanence of existence. Kenko, however, displays a fascination with more earthy matters in his collection of anecdotes, advice and observations. From ribald stories of drunken monks to aching nostalgia for the fading traditions of the Japanese court, Essays in Idleness ranges across the spectrum of human experience. Translated with an introduction and notes by Meredith McKinney
Publisher: London : Penguin Classics, 2013
ISBN: 9780141192109
0141192100
Branch Call Number: BQ4302 .E883 2013x
Characteristics: xxxi, 188 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm

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