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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 Wisdom of Nondiscrimination

The Wisdom of Nondiscrimination

(p.56) Fifteen The Wisdom of Nondiscrimination
Murmured Conversations
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According to the Nijō school, there is only one single correct style, namely, the orthodox one, and mastering it is the highest achievement. Espousing the view of the Reizei school, however, Shinkei argues that the novice should train in all the ten styles and find out for himself/herself the one that best suits his/her individual character. Aside from the Reizei-school influence, Shinkei's liberal attitude has its foundation in the universalistic, comprehensive character of Mahayana or Tendai intellectual philosophy. Two examples of this are the doctrine that the Three Vehicles are One and “the perfect fusion of the Three Truths” comprising the heart of Tendai metaphysical belief. However, a pluralistic, all-embracing attitude is different from a literally undiscriminating one. Good poetry is good and bad poetry is bad regardless of its particular style.

Keywords:   Nijo school, Japanese poetry, Shinkei, style, Reizei school, Mahayana, Tendai, intellectual philosophy

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