Taigu Ryokan

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Ryōkan was born in the village of Izumozaki in Echigo Province (now Niigata Prefecture) in Japan to the village headman. He renounced the world at an early age to train at nearby Sōtō Zen temple Kōshōji, refusing to meet with or accept charity from his family. Once the Zen master Kokusen visited the temple, and Ryōkan ...

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Too Lazy To Be Ambitious

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.
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First Days Of Spring - The Sky

First days of Spring-the sky
is bright blue, the sun huge and warm.
Everything's turning green.
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I Watch People In The World

I watch people in the world
Throw away their lives lusting after things,
Never able to satisfy their desires,
Falling into deeper despair
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4.
Have You Forgotten Me

have you forgotten me
or lost the path here?
i wait for you
all day, every day
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Blending With The Wind

Blending with the wind,
Snow falls;
Blending with the snow,
The wind blows.
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irakli 16 October 2020

Hello, where can read those original poetry with that translate?

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Lilian 18 July 2018

Poeta maravilloso que descubrí a mis casi 80 años

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Fabrizio Frosini 25 November 2016

'' Teishin [the young nun who cared for him, in his last years of life] records that Ryokan, seated in meditation posture, died 'just as if he were falling asleep' ''

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Carol Pranschke 05 December 2013

His poetry is sublime. He is the Great Fool. He fell in love when he was in his 70's. Now that's cool.

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