Ikkyu: Crow With No Mouth

15th Century Zen Master
Product Number: EB00650610
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781619320765
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
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When Zen master Ikkyu Sojun (1394-1481) was appointed headmaster of the great temple at Kyoto, he lasted nine days before denouncing the rampant hypocrisy he saw among the monks there. He in turn invited them to look for him in the sake parlors of the Pleasure Quarters. A Zen monk-poet-calligrapher-musician, he dared to write about the joys of erotic love, along with more traditional Zen themes. He was an eccentric and genius who dared to defy authority and despised corruption. Although he lived during times plagued by war, famine, rioting, and religious upheaval, his writing and music prevailed, influencing Japanese culture to this day. Stephen Berg is the Editor and founder of American Poetry Review. Also available by Stephen Berg Steel Cricket PB $16.00, 1-55659-075-X CUSA New & Selected Poems PB $12.00, 1-55659-043-1 CUSA

Author(s): Stephen Berg
Original Publish Date: Dec 04, 2012

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