Taigu Ryokan

(1758-1831 / Japan)

The Way Of The Holy Fool - Poem by Taigu Ryokan

At the crossroads this year, after
begging all day
I lingered at the village temple.
Children gather round me and
whisper,
'The crazy monk has come back
to play.'


Comments about The Way Of The Holy Fool by Taigu Ryokan

  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/25/2016 5:20:00 AM)

    ''Holy Fool''
    He was ordained as Ryōkan Taigu Entsū-ji monastery [: Ryō means good, kan means broad, and Taigu means great fool; Ryōkan Taigu would thus translate as broad-hearted generous fool] but soon after he did embark on a long pilgrimage, and lived much of the rest of his monastic life as a hermit. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010



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