Taigu Ryokan

(1758-1831 / Japan)

Too Lazy To Be Ambitious - Poem by Taigu Ryokan

Too lazy to be ambitious,
I let the world take care of itself.
Ten days' worth of rice in my bag;
a bundle of twigs by the fireplace.
Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment?
Listening to the night rain on my roof,
I sit comfortably, with both legs stretched out.

Comments about Too Lazy To Be Ambitious by Taigu Ryokan

  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/26/2016 8:32:00 AM)

    - Soto Zen Buddhism -
    Sōtō Zen, or the Sōtō school (曹洞宗 Sōtō-shū) , is the largest of the three traditional sects of Zen in Japanese Buddhism (the others being Rinzai and Ōbaku) . It is the Japanese line of the Chinese Cáodòng school, which was founded during the Tang Dynasty,618–907. It emphasizes Shikantaza - meditation with no objects, anchors, or content. The meditator strives to be aware of the stream of thoughts, allowing them to arise and pass away without interference. [Wikipedia] (Report) Reply

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  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/20/2016 1:46:00 PM)

    Ryokan & waka
    Ryōkan composed many waka in a naïve style, intentionally avoiding complex rules and the traditional way of waka. As a Sōtō Zen Buddhist monk, he used waka also for expressing his religious feeling. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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