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Relaxing to dip into now and again,
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This review is from: One Robe, One Bowl: Zen Poetry of Ryokan (Paperback)
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.
I like the book very much.