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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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(p.204) Sixty-Two Epilogue
Murmured Conversations
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The true Way of Poetry is similar to the Great Void, lacking in nothing and no way superfluous. Every individual finds his own way to attain perfection and is capable of experiencing enlightenment without depending on others. Abandoning the Great Way results in benevolence and righteousness, but the appearance of knowledge only gives rise to great lies. All the categories, distinctions, and admonitions expounded inSasamegoto are rejected here from the perspective of an achieved state of wisdom or enlightenment where they no longer apply. In other words, the distinctions between right and wrong, of is and is not, are crucial tools for teaching and conversion, but useless outside of the pedagogical context that necessitates them. According to the Makashikan, the buddhas and bodhisattvas practice two things, namely, preaching and silence.

Keywords:   Way of Poetry, Sasamegoto, enlightenment, wisdom, Makashikan, buddhas, bodhisattvas, preaching, silence

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