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Poems by Muso Soseki
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Muso Soseki first practiced Zen under the guidance of a Chinese teacher but he "failed miserably." He later studied with the Japanese Zen master Koho Kennichi and soon began to unfold into profound awakening, receiving inka or certification of enlightenment in 1339.

Muso Soseki went on to teach large numbers of students and, like many Zen practitioners, write poetry. He also became an advisor to the first Ashikaga Shogun and helped to re-establish trade and communications between Japan and China.

Soseki is perhaps most famous, however, for his profound influence in the art of Zen gardening as spaces to cultivate awareness.

Poems by Muso Soseki


Recommended Books: Muso Soseki

Sun at Midnight: Muso Soseki - Poems and Sermons East Window: Poems from Asia Roaring Stream: A New Zen Reader





Related Links

Recall the Two Zen Masters
http://facstaff.elon.edu/sullivan/ashikaga.htm

Contains a brief section on Muso Soseki along with a couple of poems.

JGarden - Historical Biographies
http://www.jgarden.org/biographies.asp?ID=21

A biography of Soseki with an emphasis on his garden designs.
Muso Soseki