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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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Discipline in the Mind-Ground

Discipline in the Mind-Ground

(p.171) Fifty-One Discipline in the Mind-Ground
Murmured Conversations
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According to Shinkei, a renga practitioner who neglects the discipline in the mind-ground (shinji shugyō), will not attain the ultimate no matter how talented and keen-witted he may be. The issue of ultimate style, whether in the mode of ushin or yūgen, is tied to the issue of how one achieves it. In this chapter, Shinkei stresses that discipline in the mind-ground, which is the same as the pursuit of mental liberation (satori), is the key to reaching the highest level of poetry and requires dedication and great faith. The single great event (ichidaiji) of religious enlightenment is the sole justification for the poet's engagement with language.

Keywords:   Shinkei, discipline, mind-ground, shinji shugyō, renga, Japanese poetry, ichidaiji, religious enlightenment, language

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