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One Robe, One Bowl: Zen Poetry of Ryokan Paperback – 1 Jan 1977


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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Weatherhill Inc (1 Jan 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0834801264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0834801264
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 0.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,122,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Mckay-Davies on 18 Dec 2002
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I first picked up this book because my yoga teacher occasionally finishes the class reading from it.
It's a collection of Haiku and other short poems by Ryokan. There is a foreword that explains who Ryokan was, however you can read this for yourself.
The poems are peaceful and entertaining. Sometimes sad, but often humourous. Mostly reflections of his solitary life, with many reflections on life in general.
I read from this book now and again, picking poems at random...
I find poems I really like, only to lose them! Discovering them again later :-)
This is a book of Zen poetry, so many poems refer to this way of life, begging, living alone, nature, the seasons etc.
It's cool.
I like the book very much.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jan 1999
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Ryokan was a monk living in 18th century Japan. Famed in Japan, he is almost unknown in this country. His sublime poetry comes closer than anything I have ever read to put the indescribable beauty of zen into words.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By S. Thomas VINE VOICE on 23 Mar 2003
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Having practiced Zen Buddhism for a few years I found this book to be a very refreshing option amongst the hundreds of other Zen books out there. I expected a lot from this book knowing of Ryokan's reputation as one of the most respected Zen poets. What I have with this book is pure Zen, instant Zen. Simple and short verses that contain everything. They transport you to the Japan of years gone by. You can actually smell the cherry blossom ! Having read other Buddhist poets works I found I could connect easier to Ryokan because of his simplicity, humour and his sheer love of nature. If you love short poems try this book. If you practice Zen you should most definately own this book. I feel that the elegant simplicity of Ryokan's art may be lost on some not in those catagories however.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on 18 Jan 2010
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I loved Ryokan's poetry. So humane, touching and relevant. He was clearly a beautiful man. I can happily recommend his poetry to anyone with beating heart in their chest.
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