Zen: no foolin’

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Rokyan was a Zen Master but preferred to call himself a Taigu (which means a fool). He lived in a solitary hut called ‘Gogo-An’ in Mount Kugami. He was a hermit but loved to play with children in the nearby village, he himself had a child like simplicity. He never got angry or perturbed by criticism. He didn’t give any sermons but composed simple yet profound & beautiful poetry. Ryokan (1758–1831) is one of the most beloved figures of Zen, renowned for his beautiful verse, exquisite calligraphy, and eccentric character. Deceptively simple, Ryokan’s poems transcend artifice, presenting spontaneous expressions of pure Zen spirit. Like his contemporary Thoreau, Ryokan celebrates nature and the natural life, but his poems touch the whole range of human experience: joy and sadness, pleasure and pain, enlightenment and illusion, love and loneliness.The most famous incident associated with Rokyan is when one evening a thief visited the…

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