Murmured conversations : a treatise on poetry and Buddhism by the poet-monk Shinkei


Murmured conversations : a treatise on poetry and Buddhism by the poet-monk Shinkei

translation, commentary, and annotation by Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen

Stanford University Press, c2008

  • : cloth




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Annotated translation of Sasamegoto

Bibliography: p. [361]-370

Includes indexes



Murmured Conversations is the first complete and rigorously annotated translation of Sasamegoto (1463-1464), 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. It is a fascinating document revealing 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 Muromachi Period. Along with the extensive annotations, Ramirez-Christensen's commentaries illuminate the significance of each section of the treatise within the context of waka and renga poetics, of the history of classical Japanese aesthetic principles in general and of Shinkei's thought in particular, and the role of Buddhism in the contemporary understanding of cultural practices like poetry. This is the most comprehensive presentation available in English of a major classical Japanese critical text.


@fmct:Contents @toc4:Acknowledgments xxx List of Abbreviations xxx @toc2:Introduction 1 @toc1:Part One @toc2:1. Prologue 000 2. Renga History 000 3. On the Tsukubash' 000 4. Post-Shinkokinsh' Waka 000 5. Ancient and Middle-Period Renga 000 6. The Character of the Work of the Early Masters 000 7. The Style of Ineffable Depth (Y'gen) 000 8. Learning and the Study of Renga 000 9. The Role of Waka in Renga Training 000 10. On Hokku 000 11. Double Meaning in Poetry 000 12. The Manifold Configurations of Poetry 000 13. The Roots of Poetry in Temporality 000 14. Poetic Process as a Contemplation 000 15. The Wisdom of Nondiscrimination 000 16. Right Teaching and the Individual Poet 000 17. The Influence of Companions in the Way 000 18. Poetry and the Mundane Mind 000 19. The Issue of Fame as Index of Poetic Value 000 20. Poetry Is an Existential Discipline 000 21. Poetry Is a Self-Consuming Passion 000 22. Worldly Glory Versus Reclusive Concentration 000 23. Criticism Is a Function of One's Own Limitations 000 24. Sitting with a Master 000 25. Constant Practice Is Decisive 000 26. Valorizing the Deviant or Obscure 000 27. The Difficulty of Comprehending Superior Poetry 000 28. The "Vulgar" Verse 000 29. Plagiarism 000 30. Excessive Straining After Effect 000 31. Semantic Confusion 000 32. Incomprehensibility 000 33. The Close Link and the Distant Link 000 34. On Hen-jo-dai-kyoku-ry' as the Structure of the Renga Link 000 35. On Rikugi: The Six Types of Poetry 000 36. Poetry Contests and Criticism 000 37. Marks and Grade Points in Renga 000 38. One's True Poetry Emerges in Old Age 000 39. The State of Renga in Our Time 000 @toc1:Part Two @toc2:40. About Hen-jo-dai-kyoku-ry' 000 41. The Central Place of Grace (en) in the Poetic Process 000 42. Verses on the Moon, Flowers, and Snow 000 43. The Verse of Ineffable Remoteness (Y'on) 000 44. Renga Rules and Buddhist Precepts: The Question of Morality and Freedom 000 45. Poetry and Zen Meditation, the Cosmic Body, and the True Word 000 46. The Link Between Maeku and Tsukeku 000 47. The Nature and Goal of Criticism 000 48. Selecting Friends of the Way 000 49. The Close Link and the Distant Link 000 50. On the Issue of the Ultimate Style 000 51. Discipline in the Mind-Ground 000 52. Orthodoxy and Plurality 000 53. Reclusion 000 54. The Impartiality of Divine Response 000 55. Heredity, Social Status, and the Way 000 56. The Mark of Temporality in Talent, Training, and Fame or Obscurity 000 57. The Difficulty of Achieving the Way: The Transmission of Mind Is Beyond Language 000 58. Mutually Supportive and Antagonistic Arts 000 59. The Practice of Poetry in Our Time 000 @toc3:The State of Confusion in Modern Renga 000 The Pedagogic Method Should Suit the Student's Capacity 000 The Three Buddha-Bodies, the Three Truths, and Poetic Levels 000 @toc2:60. The Question of the True Buddha and the Ultimate Poem 000 61. The Ten Virtues 000 62. Epilogue 000 @toc4:Notes 000 Appendix: Biographical Notes 000 Bibliography 000 Character List 000 Index of First Lines 000 Index 000

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