Gizan Zenrai

Japanese Zen monk and poet

Gizan Zenrai (1802 – March 28, 1878) was a Japanese Zen monk and poet.

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  • I was born into this world
    I leave it at my death.
    Into a thousand towns
    My legs have carried me,
    And countless homes -
    What are all these?
    A moon reflected in the water
    A flower floating in the sky
    • Japanese Death Poems. Compiled by Yoel Hoffmann. ISBN 978-0-8048-3179-6, 2000; Partly cited in: Scott Alexander Jones. Elsewhere: Indian Summer’s End: Book I, 2014. p. iii. Also translated into German in: Ralf T. Vogel. Der Tod in der Psychotherapie. 2007. p. 111, and quoted in: Andrés Pascual. Die Tränen des Himmels: Roman 2011. p. ii

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  • As a spiritual successor to the 19th-century Zen poet Gizan Zenrai (and anyone who has ever felt wistful thinking that everything we’ve ever known will one day vanish), [Harold Whit] Williams writes: “A child once again, / Gazing out to where forever ends. / Everything orbiting, gently orbiting.”
    • Harold Whit Williams. Red Clay Journal Paperback, January 2, 2018. Back cover text.

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