Yuki Neko's Zen Garden

with Poems by Ryokan

Welcome to my Zen garden, featuring the works of Zen monk poet Ryokan who lived in Japan during the late 18th century and early 19th century. These poems—translated by Burton Watson—come from the book Ryokan: Zen Monk-Poet of Japan.

My special and personal thanks to Richard Lee for providing this book and for introducing me to Ryokan and his enlightening poetry. To Richard and Savya Lee, this garden is dedicated on the event of their 50th anniversary.

Thank you, visitor, for stopping by—may you enjoy your stay,

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Yuki Neko at Yashimaji Temple

Poems in this section are from Ryokan: Zen Monk-Poet of Japan, Translated by Burton Watson, New York: Columbia University Press, 1977. Photo of Yashimaji Temple by CNO. Composite design and illustration of Yuki Neko by DLO.

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