Ikkyu Sojun’s poetry is irreverent and iconoclastic, bitingly critical of false piety, hypocrisy, and formalistic religion. His poetry is often frankly erotic, sometimes. convolutions of fourteenth-century Japan and the organizational shenanigans of the official Rinzai Zen sect—was the legendary Ikkyu Sojun (). Browse through Ikkyu Sojun’s poems and quotes. 8 poems of Ikkyu Sojun. Still I Rise, The Road Not Taken, If You Forget Me, Dreams, Annabel Lee.

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I want the firm warm breasts and wetness of a woman” “Eight inches strong, it is my favorite thing Does the bell hold the sojuh or does the wind? This page was last edited on 28 Septemberat Kaso appears to have soured Ikkyu to the Zen establishment. However, in an emigre Ch’an master from the Chinese mainland named Lan-ch’i appeared in Japan uninvited, having heard of Japanese sojyn in Ch’an.

This episode is brought to you by Audible, the internet’s leading provider of audiobooks. In her only surviving letter, written shortly before her sojuun, she urged Ikkyu to become such an outstanding priest that he might consider Shaka and Daruma, fathers of Zen Buddhism, his servants Keene, ; Qui, His mother sent him to Ankokuji in Kyoto as an acolyte at the age of 5.

Well, almost in the traditional mode. Tokiyori died inand his young son Tokimune — 84who came to power five years later, initially showed no interest in Zen practice.

When his purse “went flat,” he would journey to the capital and sell incense or cheap clothing to poor housewives—afterwards returning to the monastery in the same straw sandals, hat, and cloak.


The concept changed across the various periods of Japan. The scholar Jan Covell observes ikkuy in Ikkyu’s time, “Rinzai Zen had sunk to a low point and enlightenment was ‘sold,’ particularly by those temples associated with the Shogunate.

During the Heian period, furyu referred to the sensuous beauty of artificial objects and art. Finally, they are sljun it is neither the wind nor the banner that moves, but only their fluttering minds.

Then she ran him off and burnt his hut to the ground. His schooling in this gozan era was aristocratic and classical, founded on Chinese literature and the Buddhist sutras. Additionally, Ikkyu painted with ink. We have seen that the warrior ruler Hojo Tokiyori was interested in the school and offered Dogen a temple in Kamakura, an invitation Dogen refused.

Sex, Zen, and Poetry. The Life of Ikkyu Sojun

When we think of monks, we think of bald guys sitting around praying and studying all day long. Thus in the last decade of his life he finally exchanged his straw sandals and reed hat for the robes of a prestigious abbot over a major monastery. Here and now melt into an indistinct Spring dream. By age eleven he was studying the Vimalakirti Sutra and by thirteen he was intensively reading and writing Chinese poetry.

One day, Ikkyu lost a favorite ink stick and became so upset he became sick. He had a great impact on the infusion of Japanese art and literature with Zen attitudes and ideals. He leaves the position shortly after taking it and returned to his previous lifestyle.

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Versions by Stephen Berg. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ikkyu. Shuko developed the ceremony and adapted it to Japanese taste, he became tea master to the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa at whose villa now known as Ginkakuji or the ‘Temple of the Siver Pavillion’ in Kyoto the first purpose made tea room in Japan was built.


No full study of the Fuke fraternity exists in English, but my”Shakuhachi Zen: Even for his time, his eccentricities were hard to understand.

Versions by Sonja Arntzen.

This was, of course, the case with Ikkyu’s own satori which was triggered by a crow-call in the middle of a summer’s night. Bokusai’s chronicle identifies Ikkyu’s mother as a lady-in-waiting at the imperial palace of Emperor Gokomatsu, who chose from time to time to “show her favor. That old fellow P’u-k’o knew a trick or wojun.

Thank you to Chris Odell from Datsusara! In Rinzai Zen tradition, he is both heretic and saint. Then there is a collection of tales from the Tokugawa era which are heavily embellished when not totally apocryphal. On the sometimes pointed urging of the government, temples from other sects were converted to Zen establishments by local authorities throughout Japan. He spent his life slicing at establishment, showing how the extreme withdrawal from sexual desires was the same as indulging in them.

Tokiyori with a seal of enlightenment, making the military strongman of Japan an acknowledged Ch’an master. His verse is immediate and poignant, insightful and at times moving.