Essays In Idleness And Hojoki

Paperback | July 29, 2014

byMeredith Kenko, ChomeiTranslated byMeredith Mckinney

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New to Penguin Classics: two of the most important Buddhist tracts from Japan

Both of these works on life’s fleeting pleasures are by Buddhist monks from medieval Japan, but each represents a different worldview. In Essays in Idleness, his lively and sometimes ribald collection of anecdotes, advice, and observations, Kenko displays his fascination with earthly matters. In the short memoir Hojoki, however, Chomei recounts his decision to withdraw from worldly affairs and live as a hermit.

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New to Penguin Classics: two of the most important Buddhist tracts from JapanBoth of these works on life’s fleeting pleasures are by Buddhist monks from medieval Japan, but each represents a different worldview. In Essays in Idleness, his lively and sometimes ribald collection of anecdotes, advice, and observations, Kenko displays ...

KENKO (1238-?) was born in Kyoto. He became a monk probably in his late twenties, and was also noted as a calligrapher. Today he is remembered for his wise and witty aphorisms.CHOMEI (1155-1216) was born into a family of Shinto priests at at time when the stable world of the court was rapidly breaking up. He became an important poe...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.78 × 5.08 × 0.54 inPublished:July 29, 2014Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141192100

ISBN - 13:9780141192109

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