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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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Poetic Process as a Contemplation

Poetic Process as a Contemplation

(p.53) Fourteen Poetic Process as a Contemplation
Murmured Conversations
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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 process, one enters a state of introspection (chinshi) whereby the mind becomes minutely absorbed in and is rendered tranquil by beauty (kokoro o hosoku en ni nodomete or kokoro o torakete). This mental activity clearly seeks to dissolve the mind (the divisive egoistic mind) in the process of becoming minutely permeated by the object of its contemplation. Shinkei's view of the poetic process is similar to Lord Teika's concept of ushintei (Style of Meditation) as representing the essential nature (hon'i) of poetry.

Keywords:   renga, mind-ground, shinji, Sasamegoto, Shinkei, Japanese poetry, contemplation, poetic composition, Teika, introspection

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