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The Japanese poet-recluse Rykan (1758-1831) is one of the most beloved figures of Asian literature, renowned for his beautiful verse, exquisite calligraphy, and eccentric character. Deceptively simple, Rykans poems transcend artifice, presenting spontaneous expressions of pure Zen spirit. Like his contemporary Thoreau, Rykan 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781590301081
ISBN-10: 1590301080
Format: Paperback
(183mm x 128mm x 10mm)
Pages: 120
Imprint: Shambhala Publications Inc
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Publish Date: 13-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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