the Japanese educational system, and Kenko's views have held a prominent place in Japanese life ever since. He said deliberate cruelty is the worst of human offenses. . That is how Montaigne, in the midst of Frances 16th-century Catholic-Protestant wars, came to write his. How amusing that they should have argued the point. Not surprisingly, therefore, Kenko's writing turns to advice. Kenko is observant but traditional, nostalgic, sentimental, even anachronistic. The Miscellany of a Japanese Priest. Its a jolt to a Western, instinctively progressive mind, trained to think of history as ascendantlike the stock market, like housing pricesto find trends running in the other direction. "What a wonderfully unhurried feeling it is to live even a single year in perfect serenity!" (7) But this serenity is the product of practice in pursuing the Way. Our world regained the magic, and it gave us Charles Lindbergh, Hiroshima, global travel, 9/11 and the Nigerian terrorist who, coming into Detroit one Christmas Day, set his underpants on fire.
At a time when flowers have been wilting, when assets dwindle and mere vulgar fullness may suggest something as unpromising as a portfolio managed by Bernard Madoff, the eye might appreciate a moon obscured by clouds. In our dreamlike existence, what is there for us to accomplish? The Thought of Tsurezuregusa The book was composed of random ideas written on small pieces of paper and stuck to the wall. Idle Jottings: Zen Reflections from the Tsure-Zure Gusa of Yoshido Kenko. Some people belonged to the upper class, some did not. The trees in the garden are silent. Sometimes he is a philosophical skeptic, but usually he expresses Buddhist themes without overt religious sentiment. He is almost too intelligent to be gloomy, or in any case, too much a Buddhist. We are surrounded by magic, some good, some evil and some both at oncean excess of magic, a confusion. .
Steve said: The great Buddha in Kamakura If man were never to fade away like the dews of Adashino. Around the year 1330, a poet and Buddhist monk named Kenko wrote Essays in Idlenes s (Tsurezuregusa)an eccentric, sedate and gemlike assemblage of his. Kenko, however, displays a fascination with more earthy matters in his.