Kakurenbo

Kakurenbo

Or the Whereabouts of Zen Priest Ryokan

Book - 2013
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An exploration of the life of the Zen priest-poet Ryokan is interwoven with memoir of the author as she observes Ryokan's life during her own training as a Zen priest in Japan and encounters Ryokan in contemporary life as a model for learning and renewal. Ryokan loved the game Hide-and-go-Seek, Kakurenbo in Japanese, and this provides a metaphor as the author seeks to uncover the mysterious pathway of the hermit priest who seems to defy description. Ryokan had no plan to promote himself in any way or to encourage popularized stories about his life. He simply continued to live, not as a unique figure, but as someone authentic to his vow, living the Dharma somewhat hidden away as a hermit priest, as he climbed up and down the slope of his mountain refuge bearing the cold in winter and enduring the mosquitos in summer. Yet nearly 200 years after his death, Ryokan is known globally and we hold him in high esteem
Publisher: Olympia, WA : Temple Ground Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780985565114
098556511X
Characteristics: 251 pages : photographs ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Yuasa, Nobuyuki 1932-

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