Japanese monk and poet

Myoken Doyu (1201 - February 5, 1256) was a thirteenth century Japanese poet, who went from Japan to Sung-China.

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  • Fifty-six years, above Buddhas, Patriarchs,
    I've stood mid-air.
    Now I announce my final journey-
    Daily sun breaks from the eastern ridge.
    • Lucien Stryk. Encounter with Zen: writings on poetry and Zen, 1981. p. 95.

Quotes about Doyu edit

  • Myoken Doyu, (1201-1256)... also came to Sung-China from Japan.
    • Yiqiao Gu. History of Zen. 1979. p. 81
  • And here is the 13th-century master Doyu's death poem:... The Japanese masters composed not only enlightenment and death poems in Chinese verse forms, they often wrote of important Zen Poetry.
    • Susan Porterfield, ‎Lucien Stryk. Zen, poetry, the art of Lucien Stryk. 1993. p. 123
  • Doyu's poem is pure metaphor, giving with remarkable precision a sense of the gravity of his emotion: like the sun which daily comes and goes, the poet has come, will go—after a life of standing “mid-air,” contemplative withdrawal.
    • Lucien Stryk, ‎Takashi Ikemoto. Zen Poems of China and Japan: The Crane's Bill. 2007. p. 89.

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