Taigu Ryokan

(1758-1831 / Japan)

Taigu Ryokan Poems

1. Down In The Village 8/31/2010
2. No Luck Today On My Mendicant Rounds 8/31/2010
3. The Plants And Flowers 8/31/2010
4. The Way Of The Holy Fool 8/31/2010
5. To Kindle A Fire 8/31/2010
6. To My Teacher 8/31/2010
7. Three Thousand Worlds 8/31/2010
8. The Winds Have Died 8/31/2010
9. Reply To A Friend 8/31/2010
10. Stretched Out 8/31/2010
11. For Children Killed In A Smallpox Epidemic 8/31/2010
12. At Master Do's Country House 8/31/2010
13. In My Youth I Put Aside My Studies 8/31/2010
14. Returning To My Native Village 8/31/2010
15. You Do Not Need Many Things 8/31/2010
16. White Hair 8/31/2010
17. In A Dilapidated Three-Room Hut 8/31/2010
18. This World 8/31/2010
19. How Can I Possibly Sleep 8/31/2010
20. The Wind Has Settled 8/31/2010
21. The Lotus 8/31/2010
22. Wild Roses 8/31/2010
23. When I Was A Lad 8/31/2010
24. Orchid 8/31/2010
25. In The Morning 8/31/2010
26. Yes, I’m Truly A Dunce 8/31/2010
27. When All Thoughts 8/31/2010
28. You Stop To Point At The Moon In The Sky 8/31/2010
29. Like The Little Stream 8/31/2010
30. My Cracked Wooden Bowl 8/31/2010
31. No Mind 8/31/2010
32. Slopes Of Mount Kugami 8/31/2010
33. Teishin 8/31/2010
34. Midsummer 8/31/2010
35. Begging 8/31/2010
36. At Dusk 8/31/2010
37. My Legacy 8/31/2010
38. Dreams 8/31/2010
39. Blending With The Wind 8/31/2010
40. First Days Of Spring - The Sky 8/31/2010

Comments about Taigu Ryokan

  • Lilian (7/18/2018 5:56:00 PM)

    Poeta maravilloso que descubrí a mis casi 80 años

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (11/25/2016 5:26:00 AM)

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

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  • Carol Pranschke (12/5/2013 1:24:00 AM)

    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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Best Poem of Taigu Ryokan

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.
Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment?
Listening to the night rain on my roof,
I sit comfortably, with both legs stretched out.

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Down In The Village

Down in the village
the din of
flute and drum,
here deep in the mountain
everywhere the sound of the pines.

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