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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