Essays in Idleness and Hojoki

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Essays in Idleness and Hojoki

By  Kenko , Chomei , Translated by  Meredith McKinney , Introduction by  Meredith McKinney , Notes by  Meredith McKinney
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Two of the most important Buddhist tracts from Japan

A Penguin Classic

Both of these works on life’s fleeting pleasures are by Buddhist monks from medieval Japan, but each represents a different worldview. In Essays in Idleness, his lively and sometimes ribald collection of anecdotes, advice, and observations, Kenko displays his fascination with earthly matters. In the short memoir Hojoki, or The Ten Foot Square Hut, however, Chomei recounts his decision to withdraw from worldly affairs and live as a hermit.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

KENKO (1238-?) was born in Kyoto. He became a monk probably in his late twenties, and was also noted as a calligrapher. Today he is remembered for his wise and witty aphorisms.

CHOMEI (1155-1216) was born into a family of Shinto priests at at time when the stable world of the court was rapidly breaking up. He became an important poet of his day, and at the age of fifty withdrew from the world to become a tonsured monk.

MEREDITH McKINNEY (translator / introducer) is a translator of Japanese literature, both contemporary and classical, and has translated The Pillow Book and Kokoro for Penguin Classics. She lived in Japan for twenty years and is currently a visiting fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra.

ISBN: 9780141192109

ISBN-10: 9780141192109

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Publication Date: 07/29/2014 - 12:00am

On Sale: 07/29/2014 - 12:00am

Pages: 224

Language: English


Philosophy / Buddhist

Religion / Buddhism

Philosophy / Essays