Ikkyu Sojun’s poetry is irreverent and iconoclastic, bitingly critical of false piety, hypocrisy, and formalistic religion. His poetry is often frankly erotic, sometimes. convolutions of fourteenth-century Japan and the organizational shenanigans of the official Rinzai Zen sect—was the legendary Ikkyu Sojun (). Browse through Ikkyu Sojun’s poems and quotes. 8 poems of Ikkyu Sojun. Still I Rise, The Road Not Taken, If You Forget Me, Dreams, Annabel Lee.

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Inat the age of 77, Ikkyu fell in love with Mori, a blind woman over fifty years his junior. Views Read Edit View history.

Episode 71 – Discussing the Wild Life of Ikkyu Sojun with Robert Subiaga | The Drunken Taoist

He seemed to wander into brothels and wine shops almost as often as into Zen temples. And by rejecting official “Zen,” Ikkyu may well have been the most Zenlike of all Japanese masters. Please xojun the link audible.

Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo. Kaso responded, “You have reached the stage of osjun arhat [one who has overcome ego], but not that of a Master, novice. This last travesty has extended even to fictionalizing his role as a child at the monastery; there is now a popular television cartoon series in Japan about the irrepressible acolyte Ikkyu. Ikkyu used his poetry later collected as the “Crazy Cloud Poems” or Kyoun-shu as a means sojjun expressing his enlightenment, as well as his criticism of the establishment.

Then the yamabushi made a ferocious face and told him, “You’d all better offer him a prayer. Ikkyu taught sexual desire was a natural need, like the need for water. The gozan system soon turned so political, as monasteries competed for official favor, that before long establishment Zen was almost devoid sojnu spiritual content.

He had a great impact on the infusion of Japanese art and literature with Zen attitudes and ideals. They wandered all over Japan “playing enlightenment” on long shakuhachi flutes.

We have seen that the warrior ruler Hojo Tokiyori was interested in the school and offered Dogen a temple in Kamakura, an invitation Dogen refused. He is also known as Ikkyuu Zenji. For any questions, email me at bodhi yahoo. But what do you do when the wind stops blowing? Versions by John Stevens. Lo stile della sua poesia non zojun l’uso di caratteri fonetici hiragana non presenti nell’alfabeto cinese. In a postscript, she added a line that reveals a hint of her personality:. Multitudes of falling blossoms mark the passion of Heaven and Earth.


The overall situation has been well summarized by Philip Yampolsky: His poetry is in classical Chinese and virtually unknown; his prose lies largely unread; and the Tokugawa legend of Ikkyu is almost entirely apocryphal.

Sex, Zen, and Poetry. The Life of Ikkyu Sojun

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. This would seem to be one of the reasons for what became of a host of emigrating Ch’an teachers as sub-sects of the Yogi branch struggled for ascendency over each other. You’d better start your prayers up again. Bokusai’s chronicle identifies Ikkyu’s mother as a lady-in-waiting at the imperial palace of Emperor Gokomatsu, who chose from time to time to “show her sljun.

Ikkyu, too, is sometimes placed in the lineage of these mendicants of the so-called Fuke P’u-k’o sect of Zen–perhaps because of his own wandering lifestyle and his often-expressed love of the shakuhachi. Consequently, the master Ikkyu was born in the house of a commoner on New Year’s Day of the yearthe natural son of an emperor and a soojun of the warrior class.

Please reorganize this content to explain the subject’s impact on zojun culture, using references to reliable sourcesrather than simply listing appearances. The major source is a pious chronicle allegedly compiled by his disciple Bokusai from firsthand information. Ikkyu himself was known to have played shakuhachi in the streets. Then one day Ikkyu came by carrying some fans decorated with his own famous calligraphy and asked the man to take them on commission.

The Japanese ruler himself gave Zen heavy credit and immediately began building a commemorative Zen monastery in Kamakura.

一休宗純 Ikkyū Sōjun ()

At the same time he warned Zen against its own bureaucratic politicising. In her only surviving letter, written shortly before her death, she urged Ikkyu to become such an outstanding priest that he might consider Shaka and Daruma, fathers of Zen Buddhism, his servants Keene, ; Qui, Despite his dislike for establishment, he became an abbot in of Daitokuji and managed to ease the conflicts between Daitokuji and Myoshinji schools of Zen.


How many passions cling to this wanderer’s sleeves? Monks shirk women, booze, and other worldly pleasures. The last two lines introduce a second theme–the fact that, according to Zen, mere sights and sounds can, under proper conditions, bring enlightenment. Wu-an’s strength of mind is illustrated by a story related in Collcutt, “Zen Monastic Institution in Medieval Japan,” p. Grove Press,p. From my very body I will cause water to issue forth and extinguish the flames of your Fudo.

On the surface of this poem, it appears that Ikkyu spent some uncomfortable days at a hermitage in Uji. As the flowering haitang [Chinese crabapple tree] of the Tianbao time, Mori, you are a sapling in the spring. Once upon a time there was an old woman who supported a retired hermit for some twenty years. At age eighteen he became a novice to a reclusive monk of the Myoshin-ji branch of Zen in Kyoto; but when his mentor died two years later he wandered for a time disconsolate and suicideprone.

He was openly critical of Kennin-ji’s leadership in his poetry, disheartened with the social stratum and lack of zazen practice he saw around him.

Ikkyu Sojun

Once agian the world’s number-one rake lacks a friend. I wonder if those who have sojunn desires would feel a little shame when they heard this poem.

Ikkyu decided to challenge the established practices of Zen by doing the opposite. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.