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Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen


This is a complete, annotated translation of Sasamegoto (1463–64), considered the most important and representative poetic treatise of the medieval period in Japan because of its thoroughgoing construction of poetry as a way to attain, and signify through language, the mental liberation (satori) that is the goal of Buddhist practice. Sasamegoto reveals the central place of Buddhist philosophy in medieval Japanese artistic practices. Shinkei (1406–1475), the author of the treatise, is himself a major poet, regarded as the most brilliant among the practitioners of linked poetry (renga) in the Mu ... More

Keywords: Sasamegoto, poetic treatise, waka, Muromachi period, mental liberation, satori, Buddhism, Japanese poetry, Shinkei, renga

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780804748636
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen, author

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