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Murmured ConversationsA Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei$
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Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804748636

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.001.0001

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Right Teaching and the Individual Poet

Right Teaching and the Individual Poet

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(p.58) Sixteen Right Teaching and the Individual Poet
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Murmured Conversations
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0017

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 tradition and the older living poets who maintain it. Shinkei refers to these poets as “those who have achieved before” (sendatsu). Sasamegoto itself looks at the achievements of the Kamakura-Nambokuchō poets in renga and of those of the Shinkokinshū age in waka. Aside from tradition, another momentous “cause and condition” (innen) for enlightenment in poetry, but much harder to come by, is a great teacher (meishi).

Keywords:   Shinkei, teaching, sendatsu, Sasamegoto, Japanese poetry, renga, waka, poets, meishi, tradition

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