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Chomei (1155–1216), born into a family of Shinto priests, became an important poet, and at the age of fifty withdrew from the world to become a tonsured monk.

Books by Chomei

Essays in Idleness

New to Penguin Classics, these two Japanese texts are timeless reflections on Buddhism, nature and the value of being idle

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Essays in Idleness

New to Penguin Classics, these two Japanese texts are timeless reflections on Buddhism, nature and the value of being idle

Read more