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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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The Question of the True Buddha and the Ultimate Poem

The Question of the True Buddha and the Ultimate Poem

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(p.197) Sixty The Question of the True Buddha and the Ultimate Poem
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Murmured Conversations
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0061

This chapter focuses on Sasamegoto's construction of a poetics based on a Mahayana Buddhist understanding of reality and constitutes Shinkei's thought on Buddhism and poetry. In particular, it deals with Shinkei's views on practicing Buddhism in pursuit of the true Buddha, the configuration of the ultimate waka or renga, or undergoing the mental discipline of Poetry in order to realize its numinous ground. This chapter argues that what is called the true Buddha or the ultimate poem has no predetermined configuration. Rather, it is merely a feeling (kansei) or an inner power (toku) that manifests itself according to the time and in response to circumstance. In Buddhism, the Wisdom School aspires to the lofty, while the Compassion School trusts in the miraculous grace of the lowly. In the Way of Poetry, the School of Compassion seems to have its followers.

Keywords:   Shinkei, Sasamegoto, Buddhism, true Buddha, Japanese poetry, ultimate poem, kansei, toku, Compassion School, Way of Poetry

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