Great Fool: Zen Master Ryokan--Poems, Letters, and Other Writings
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376pp. May 1996
Great Fool: Zen Master Ryokan--Poems, Letters, and Other Writings
Translator: Abe Ryuichi; Haskel, Peter;
Taigu Ryokan (1759-1831) remains one of the most popular figures in Japanese Buddhist history. Despite his religious and artistic sophistication, Ryokan referred to himself as "Great Fool" and refused to place himself within the cultural elite of his age.
"This is the biggest, most thoughtful English collection of Japan's most famed and humble poet, Taigu Ryokan." --Parabola

"Whereas ... earlier works concentrated upon the poetry of Ryokan, [this] volume aims at a broader presentation of the man a

Translator: Abe Ryuichi; Haskel, Peter;
Read the introduction (PDF).

Acknowledgments

Introduction

I. Essays

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