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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Well, unfortunately this monk comes across a lot more like a curmudgeon who’s hung up on tradition, formality and overall reserve.

And he’s an enjoyable person to spend a few hours with. To ask other readers questions about Essays in Idlenessplease sign up. Of particular interest are his thoughts on aesthetics, the nature of the beautiful. Published May 6th by Columbia University Press first published The pleasantest of all diversions is to sit alone under the lamp, a book spread out before you, and to make friends with people of a distant past you have never known.

Then how can later generations grieve, who only know him by repute?

Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko by Donald Keene

The mind invariably reacts in this way to any stimulus. I learnt that although the arrangement of the chapters seem random, they’re actually really skillfully te. The great Buddha in Kamakura If man were never to fade away like the dews of Adashino, never to vanish like the smoke over Toribeyama, but lingered on forever in this kenk, how things would lose their power to move us! Kenko sees the aesthetics of beauty in a different light: If you imagine that once you have accomplished your ambitions you will have time to turn to the Way, you will discover that your ambitions never come to an end.


Heaven and earth are boundless. This is a miscellany.

When I came across its title many years ago, I didn’t know why I thought it meant laziness; however, that was my partial understanding due to the word ‘idle’ which in fact means ‘not having much to do, inactive Nos. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. In yhe, there are some passages that are perhaps best described as straight non sequiturs.

This page was last edited on 10 Julyat If the outward form is not at variance with the truth, an inward realization is certain to develop. J marked it as to-read Jul 26, Arashiyama in the background.

The original work was not divided or numbered; the division can be traced to the 17th century. Th If I fail to say what lies on my mind it gives me a feeling of flatulence.

Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko

Medieval Oenko history, cultural criticism, Buddhist meditations, and personal musings coexist happily in this charming book. Luanne marked it as to-read Aug 11, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Views Read Edit View history.

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.


I read thi This collection of Kenko’s essays is often compared with Hojoki: Preview — Essays in Idleness by Donald Keene. While I can see that it’s a very historically important work, the parables, anecdotes and recommendations come across a bit flat, at least for this modern reader.

Kenko clung to jdleness, Buddhism, and the pleasures of solitude, and the themes he treats are all suffused with an unspoken acceptance of Buddhist beliefs.

Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenkō

Yoshida Kenko’s wise, perceptive, and sometimes humorous musings offer a glimpse into the mind and heart of a buddhist scholar and poet who lived in fourteenth century Japan.

Despite tsurezureggusa turbulent times in which he lived, the Buddhist priest Kenko met the world with a measured eye. They have little insects that crawl into the nose and devour the brain. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Apr 23, William2 rated it it was ok Shelves: Write a customer review. This fragmentary style of writing became popular much later during the Edo period. Feb 11, David rated it really liked it.