Ryōkan was born in the village of Izumozaki in Echigo Province (now Niigata Prefecture) in Japan to the village headman. He renounced the world at an early age to train at nearby Sōtō Zen temple Kōshōji, refusing to meet with or accept charity from his family. Once the Zen master Kokusen visited the temple, and Ryōkan was deeply impressed with his demeanor. He ... more »
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Taigu Ryokan Poems
Too Lazy To Be Ambitious
Too lazy to be ambitious, I let the world take care of itself. Ten days' worth of rice in my bag; a bundle of twigs by the fireplace.
Have You Forgotten Me
have you forgotten me or lost the path here? i wait for you all day, every day
I Watch People In The World
I watch people in the world Throw away their lives lusting after things, Never able to satisfy their desires, Falling into deeper despair
Blending With The Wind
Blending with the wind, Snow falls; Blending with the snow, The wind blows.
in this dream world we doze and talk of dreams -- dream, dream on,
you must rise above the gloomy clouds covering the mountaintop
My legacy -- What will it be? Flowers in spring, The cuckoo in summer,
at dusk i often climb to the peak of kugami. deer bellow,
today's begging is finished; at the crossroads i wander by the side of hachiman shrine talking with some children. last year, a foolish monk;
First Days Of Spring - The sky
First days of Spring-the sky is bright blue, the sun huge and warm. Everything's turning green.
With no mind, flowers lure the butterfly; With no mind, the butterfly visits the blossoms.
Like The Little Stream
Like the little stream Making its way Through the mossy crevices I, too, quietly
The Thief Left It Behind
The thief left it behind: the moon at my window.
Slopes Of Mount Kugami
Slopes of Mount Kugami— in the mountain's shade a hut beneath the trees
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Too Lazy To Be Ambitious
Too lazy to be ambitious,
I let the world take care of itself.
Ten days' worth of rice in my bag;
a bundle of twigs by the fireplace.
Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment?
Listening to the night rain on my roof,
I sit comfortably, with both legs stretched out.