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Mutually Supportive and Antagonistic Arts

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

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2008
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June 2013
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9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
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chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0059
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Sasamegoto is unequivocal in its opinion that one can achieve greatness in an art (nōgei, michi) only by specialization. However, anybody who wants to cultivate other arts in addition to poetry must ... More


Post-Shinkokinshū Waka

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

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2008
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9780804779395
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chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Sasamegoto and Shinkei's other writings provide unequivocal evidence that the eighth imperial anthology, Shinkokinshū (1205), represents the apogee of waka history. Shinkei's valuation of ... More


Ancient and Middle-Period Renga

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

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2008
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9780804748636
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9780804779395
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chapter
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Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter constitutes Shinkei's most important statement in Sasamegoto I on linking (tsukeai) in renga. Here, he argues that the link between verses has priority over the words of each verse. For ... More


Poetic Process as a Contemplation

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

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2008
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9780804748636
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9780804779395
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chapter
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Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter deals with the proper duration of a renga session and describes the “mind-ground” (known as shinji in Sasamegoto II) upon which the process of poetic composition transpires. In this ... More


Right Teaching and the Individual Poet

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

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2008
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9780804748636
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9780804779395
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chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

In this chapter, Shinkei argues that external circumstance molds individual talent. Therefore, this talent needs to be exposed to proper teaching, which is available only from the past poets of the ... More


Poetry and the Mundane Mind

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

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2008
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9780804748636
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9780804779395
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Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0019
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

In this chapter, Shinkei flatly rejects the notion that a poem's authenticity is determined by popular appeal, or that a poem is “true” if it is comprehensible and interesting even to the untutored. ... More


The Issue of Fame as Index of Poetic Value

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

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2008
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June 2013
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9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
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chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0020
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

In rejecting the notion that popular taste is the arbiter of poetic authenticity, Shinkei acknowledges that the common people or the majority, who are incapable of appreciating the greatest minds, ... More


Poetry is an Existential Discipline

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

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2008
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June 2013
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9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
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Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0021
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter is often cited as evidence that Shinkei identified the Way of Poetry with the Way of Buddhism, but Kidō rejects this notion because the two activities differ in terms of aims. While the ... More


Criticism is a Function of One's Own Limitations

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

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2008
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9780804748636
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9780804779395
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Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0024
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Shinkei argues that unless the poet has a profound understanding of the Way, he is incapable of making a criticism of superior work. In this chapter, he insists that mere competence or skill (jōzu, ... More


Sitting with a Master

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

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2008
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9780804779395
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Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0025
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Perceptivity plays a crucial role, not only in evaluating another's work, but also when it comes to master-disciple relationship. While an excellent teacher constitutes “the great cause and ... More


Valorizing the Deviant or Obscure

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

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2008
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9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0027
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter considers the tendency of rustic poets to dismiss those verses that differ from their own as obscure or deviant. It discusses the idea of pluralism and the notion that a limited mind is ... More


Emptiness and Temporality: Buddhism and Medieval Japanese Poetics

Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen

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2008
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June 2013
ISBN:
9780804748889
eISBN:
9780804779401
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748889.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This book is an account of classical Japanese poetics, based on the two concepts of emptiness (jo-ha-kyū) and temporality (mujō) that ground the medieval practice and understanding of poetry. It ... More


Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen

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2008
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June 2013
ISBN:
9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This is a complete, annotated translation of Sasamegoto (1463–64), considered the most important and representative poetic treatise of the medieval period in Japan because of its thoroughgoing ... More


Introduction

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

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2008
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9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This book is an annotated translation of Sasamegoto (1463–64), a Japanese poetic treatise from the medieval period noted for its thoroughgoing construction of poetry as a way to attain, as well as ... More


Renga History

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

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2008
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9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Sasamegoto offers an account of renga history. Man'yōshū 1635 was cited as the oldest example of linked poetry, that is, its archaic form as “short renga” (tanrenga) in the Yakumo mishō (Eightfold ... More


The Style of Ineffable Depth (Yūgen)

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

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2008
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9780804779395
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Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

In Sasamegoto, Shinkei expresses the view that yūgen, a major aesthetic ideal of the medieval period, is primarily a state of mind and spirit (kokoro) rather than a matter of graceful or refined ... More


Learning and the Study of Renga

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

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2008
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9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

A quoted passage in Lord Teika's Kindai shūka (Superior Poems of Our Time) holds the clue to the question of whether he actually intended the “pre-Kampyō” period to cover both the age of “the six ... More


Ushin: Poetic Process as Meditation

in Emptiness and Temporality: Buddhism and Medieval Japanese Poetics

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2008
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June 2013
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9780804748889
eISBN:
9780804779401
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748889.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

A symbolic poem, such as the one formulated by Shunzei in the Korai fūteishō, is essentially the very figuration of the poet's mind. The process of composing this kind of poetry is a critical issue, ... More


Poetry and the Instantaneous Illumination of Zen

in Emptiness and Temporality: Buddhism and Medieval Japanese Poetics

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2008
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June 2013
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9780804748889
eISBN:
9780804779401
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748889.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

In Sasamegoto, Shinkei unequivocably identifies poetic practice with Zen meditation, and the poem with the dharani, or True Word. According to Shinkei, “the Way of poetry is the True Word of our ... More


The Mode of Ambiguity is the Dharma Body

in Emptiness and Temporality: Buddhism and Medieval Japanese Poetics

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2008
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June 2013
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9780804748889
eISBN:
9780804779401
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748889.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

According to Shinkei, “the mode of ambiguity that is constituted solely of nuance” (omokage bakari o nomi yomu fumyōtei) is the style of the ultimate realm of enlightenment in poetry. Also described ... More


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