Kamo no Chomei was a poet and recluse who lived eight centuries ago. He was one of the most important writers of the early Kamakura Period. Kamo Chōmei, also called Kamo no Chōmei, (born , Japan—died July 24, , Kyōto), poet and critic of Japanese vernacular poetry, one of the major. Japanese chronicler Kamo no Chomei compiled hermit tales.

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The fishing-eagle chooses a rough beach because he does not want man’s competition. It is the way of people when they build houses not to build them for themselves, but for their wives and family and relations, and to entertain their friends, or it may be their patrons or teachers, or to accommodate their valuables or horses or oxen. Keep Exploring Britannica William Shakespeare. Reluctantly he once obeyed a summons to audience by the emperor on one occasion, but thereafter contemptuously refused a subsequent emperor’s appointment to a senior grade of a religious office.

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Kamo no Chōmei Quotes (Author of Hojoki)

The Hojo-ki conveys a Buddhist understanding of the vanity of human effort and the impermanence of material things. He was also known by the title Kikudaifu. But in this cjomei impermanent hut of mine all is calm and there is nothing to fear. The walls are of rough plastered earth and the roof is of thatch.

I had no rank or stipend. What was there for me to cling to? I have only recorded those easily understood stories of people of our country, which I had occasion to listen to.

And ka,o go on foot and do one’s own work is kano best road to strength and health. History of “Kamo no Chomei” Note: Gempin Sozu was an educated monk but “he profoundly detested worldly life and also had no fondness for the society of the temple. I commit my life to fate without kkamo wish to live or desire to die.


Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. Why have I wasted precious time in the recital of these useless pleasures?

Kamo no Chomei

And by the walls and in the highways you could see everywhere the bodies of those who had died of mamo. Yes, a monk had been here as ferryman, they told him, not the usual low fellow who takes such work.

The teachings of the Buddha warn us against feelings of attachment. So now it must be wrong for me to love this thatched hut of mine, and my fondness for quiet and solitude must be a block to my salvation. Ippen is representative of the hijirias are Gempin Sozo and Zoga Shonin, the latter two described by Kamo no Chomei in his Hosshinshua collection of stories and legendary vignettes.

Kamo no Chōmei

And this can be done with very little labor, for the whole will only fill two cart-loads, and beyond the small wage of the carters nothing else is needed.

The man asked the people about the previous ferryman. And how to bring even short-lived peace to our hearts? I seek only tranquility; I rejoice in the absence of grief. Some deserted their land and went to other provinces, and others left their houses and dwelt in the hills.

To give away fame and wealth, the source of boundless craving; to hide the performance of good actions which have a meaning in themselves and which are not done in anticipation of a possible reward; to leave our environment in order to reduce to the minimum our attachment to the world. As the days passed they felt like fish when the water dries up, and respectable citizens who ordinarily wore hats and shoes now went barefooted begging from house to house.

The fame of his virtue spread. Then in the second year of the era Gen-ryaku [] there was a great earthquake. When I hear the hollow cry of the pheasant that might be mistaken for a father or mother hallooing to their children, as Gyogi Bosatsu’s verse has it.


And those few who managed with difficulty to escape were quite unable to take their goods with them, and how many precious treasures were thus lost none can tell.

The most I can do is to murmur two or three times a perchance unavailing invocation to Buddha. Zoga trumped up quarrels with commoners and insulted authorities, assuring no further obligations to them. Through his poetry circle, known as Karin’en Kkamo of Poetryan amalgam of people, including Shinto and Buddhist Priests, low- to mid-ranking courtiers, and women in the court who shared their writings.

chmoei And of these some we can offer to the Buddha and some we can eat ourselves. Statements consisting only of original research chomi be removed. He spent the next five years in Ohara, at the foot of Mount Hieibut considered his time here as a failure, and so he moved to Hino, in the hills southeast of the capital, where he spent the rest of his life.

And since the mind knows the fatigue of the body it works it when it is vigorous and allows it to rest when it is tired.

And this man that is born and dies, who knows whence he came and whither he goes? Contact our editors with your feedback. Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of They say it started at Higuchi Tominokoji in a temporary structure used as a hospital. But of that I know nothing.

And those mansions that stood so proudly side by side from day to day became more ruinous. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles.