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Modern critics today have rejected this account, skeptical of the possibility that any other individual aside from Kenko himself could have put together such an insightful piece of work.

idlenesd Translated by Donald Keene. Being written so long ago, it’s imbued with many Buddhist thoughts. Jun 11, Danella Yaptinchay rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

I read this in Japanese. He refers admiringly to a court bureaucrat who spoke of wanting “to see the moon of exile, though guilty of no crime,” a clear and admirable expression of desire for reclusion 5. Retrieved from ” https: Jeff Questad marked it as to-read Dec 22, The following is one of his thoughts that struck me as particularly relevant today. This may be a tsurezuergusa read to those with an interest in religion, Japanese buddhism, or Japanese literary history.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. In an essay on the pitfalls and pleasures of alcohol Kenko notes, “In winter it is delightful to sit opposite an intimate friend in a small room, toasting something to eat over the fire, and to drink deeply together.

Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko

I realize I have twurezuregusa whole days before this inkstone with nothing better to do, jotting down at random whatever nonsensical thoughts thw entered my head. After his death, these scraps were peeled away, sorted, and copied into a volume now known as Essays in Idleness Return to Book Page. The topics are so varied, though, that there are quite a few comments worth considering. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? I would suspect Essays in Idleness is a mixed bag for typical western readers.


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Given that the book was written init feels surprisingly modern. Tsurezuregusa overall comprises this concept, making it a highly relatable work to many as it touches on the secular side among the overtly Buddhist beliefs mentioned in some chapters of the work.

Kenko relates the impermanence of life to the beauty of nature in an insightful manner. Once when the retired emperor’s courtiers were playing at riddles in the Daigakuji palace, the physician Tadamori joined them. He cannot solve the problems, so he writes them down, with a compassionate yet cool attitude.

Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of KenkĊ

Keno, and since I have no knowledge of Japanese, I cannot make any comment on it. We should not deny that is is true faith; we should respect and honor a conformity to truth. Nov 14, Andrew rated it liked it Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem?

Here’s one of my favorite passages. Product details Tankobon Hardcover: The words “fixed complement” are used not only about priests at the various kwnko but in the Engishiki for female officials of lower rank. 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 kenlo.

Return to Book Page. This quote justifiably has half a page of footnotes that accompany it in the Donald Keene translationbut it’s inarguable that this passage and others like it just don’t have much to offer people like me.

But there were definitely other times when I found myself disagreeing with the author, even rolling my eyes at how he t The thing I enjoyed most about reading this was getting a feel for the author through each essay. Kenko himself states this in a similar manner in his work:. Kylie marked it as to-read Sep 06, He talks a lot about how this tradition has been performed during the time of this or that emperor. The warriors would stay in power for the next years until the Meiji Restoration.


Luanne marked it as to-read Aug 11, Reading it three decades later, I continue to dislike the author — anyone who criticizes individuals who enjoy playing games is, in my view, a pill, since I have always loved card and board games, as well as role-playing games.

Essays in Idleness is a collection of esays man’s observations of the world and his thoughts concerning life, morality, and art, as well as, other topics of importance. I feel I got a lot out of it this time through, and saw a lot more wisdom in there than I had previously encountered.

Through his appreciation of the world around him and his keen understanding of historical events, Kenko conveys the essence of Buddhist philosophy and its subtle teachings for all readers. The perspective is intimate similar to the ‘slice-of-life’ genre in Japanese anime and mangaand might surprise you in how ‘modern’ the sentiment of the author is.

To ask other readers questions about Essays in Idlenessplease sign up. Th If I fail to say what lies on my mind it gives me a feeling of flatulence. Suppose we had not at that moment opened the sacred text, would we have realized our mistakes?

Reading it three decades later, I continue to dislike the author — anyone who criticizes individuals who enjoy pl This is one of the classics of Japanese literature, and I read it in college. I think Kenko’s thinking can be seen in modern Japanese culture.

Of particular interest are his thoughts on aesthetics, the nature of the beautiful. View all 21 comments. Kenko seems to be attached to the past and the secular world he doesn’t sound like a hermit so plenty of, in fact the majority of, the passages are related to life in Japan then or the past rather than to Buddhism.

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