Matsuo Basho

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Matsuo Basho was one of the most famous Zen poets of Japan, who alerts us to the neglected beauty and interest of everyday life, and thereby reconciles us with our own circumstances.

Matsuo Basho was one of the most famous Zen poets of Japan.

Matsuo Bashō (1644 – November 28, 1694) born Matsuo Kinsaku, then Matsuo Chūemon Munefusa, was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan.

Bashō was introduced to poetry at a young age, and after integrating himself into the intellectual scene of Edo (modern Tokyo) he quickly became well known throughout Japan.
He made a living as a teacher; but then renounced the social, urban life of the literary circles and was inclined to wander throughout the country, heading west, east, and far into the northern wilderness to gain inspiration for his writing.

His poems were influenced by his first-hand experience of the world around him, often encapsulating the feeling of a scene in a few simple elements.


Some more from Basho.

Categories: Buddhism, Chan / Seon / Zen, Video



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