Saturday, April 19, 2008

Ikkyu, a Zen master

Ikkyu is one of the most interesting Zen monks in Japan.

He was an illegitimate child of an emperor in 15th century.
Though he was a Zen monk, he didn't mind eating meat and drinking heavily.
He loved to frequent brothels and please ladies of pleasure.
At the age of 70+, he lived with a young woman half of his age.
She was a beautiful blind singer.
Ikkyu saw a Buddha at the precious part of her anatomy and composed a poem.
"How juicy Buddha's mercy is!", he wrote.

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