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Ikkyu (1394 – 1481)


Eccentric, iconoclastic Japanese Zen Buddhist priest, poet and calligrapher.
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Ikkyu
Ikky? Zenji is the most remarkable monk in the history of Japanese Buddhism, the only Japanese comparable to the great Chinese Zen masters.
Ikkyu quotes
Studying texts and stiff meditation can make you lose your Original Mind.
A solitary tune by a fisherman, though, can be an invaluable treasure.
Dusk rain on the river, the moon peeking in and out of the clouds;
Elegant beyond words, he chants his songs night after night.
Ikkyu
Having no destination, I am never lost.




Ikkyu quotes
Eight inches strong, it is my favourite thing;
If I'm alone at night, I embrace it fully -
A beautiful woman hasn't touched it for ages.
Within my fundoshi there is an entire universe!
Ikkyu
From the world of passions returning to the world of passions:
There is a moment's pause.
If it rains, let it rain, if the wind blows, let it blow.
Ikkyu quotes
It has the original mouth but remains wordless;
It is surrounded by a magnificent mound of hair.
Sentient beings can get completely lost in it
But it is also the birthplace of all the Buddhas of the ten thousand worlds.
Ikkyu
His "mad" behavior was perhaps his way of disrupting the corrupt and feeble Zen he saw around him.
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