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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.
- In all my six and fifty years
No miracles occurred.
For the Buddhas and the Great Ones of the Faith
I have questions in my heart.
And if I say,
"Today, this hour
I leave the world,"
There's nothing in it. Day after day,
Does not the sun rise in the east?
- Japanese Death Poems. Compiled by Yoel Hoffmann. ISBN 978-0-8048-3179-6
Quotes about Doyu
- 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.