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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.175) Fifty-Three Reclusion
Murmured Conversations
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In this chapter, Shinkei talks about the poet immortals (kasen) who are unknown to others because they do not appear at the usual poetry sessions for the simple reason that they cherish a life of tranquil reclusion. Shinkei argues that the true poet immortal must be as the Buddha preached through the householder Yuima. There seems to be a contradiction between genuine attainment of the mind, such as that of the poet immortals, and public celebrity. Shinkei explains this contradiction by insisting that true poets do not actively seek celebrity. Reclusion, the goal of leaving the householder's life, does not depend on the dualistic partiality that gives rise to all mundane desire. Shinkei's arguments are consistent with his view of the highest among three stages of a poet's training (keikandō): the poet's observation of the Way after reaching technical and artistic maturity. In particular, the poet develops the attitude of impartiality that enables him to respond to all phenomena without bias.

Keywords:   Shinkei, reclusion, poet immortals, kasen, Japanese poetry, celebrity, keikandō, impartiality

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