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Mountain Tasting: Haiku and Journals of Santoka Taneda

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  55 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Mountain Tasting gathers together a wide cross section of haiku with a selection of the diaries of the wandering Japanese poet Santoka (1882—1940). Santoka lived his life in the Zen hermit poetic tradition of Japan that includes Matsuo Basho, Ryokan, and Saigyo Hoshi. The open road was to become both his home and monastery. As he said, “Days I don’t enjoy: Any day I don’t ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by White Pine Press (first published 1980)
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Robert Beveridge
Kaneda Santoka, Mountain Tasting (Weatherhill, 1980)

Kaneda Santoka, itinerant Zen monk, storied drunkard, and haiku poet, never achieved the fame in the West as did more traditional haiku poets like Basho and Soseki. Some few admirers of his work have been silently pulling strings offstage to change that, and while it hasn't happened yet, things slowly progress.

Santoka was on the cusp of the nontraditional haiku movement when he began writing, and was drawn to the idea of haiku that didn't use s
Good stuff ... Zen has it origins in China (Chan) and Korea (Son) but the Japanese certainly put their own imprint on it. The business about koans is bs in my opinion and if asked I'd say give me Tendai over any other iteration of Japanese Buddhism. But at least Zen is several cuts above the Nichiren Shoshu ahh, junk -- "Nam myoho renge kyo ..." ding, ding, ding ... pul-lease, spare me, NS is pseudo Buddhism. At least Zen is real. Here's a sample:

Waking from a nap,
Either way I look: Mountains.

Oct 31, 2009 Harley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who love haiku and poetry
Shelves: haiku, poetry, read-2009
This book is a reprint of the out of print book by the same title that was published by John Weatherhill, Inc in 1980. The new book has an additional 40 pages excerpted from the journals of Taneda. The quality of the print job is not as good as the original. The new publisher mispelled Taneda's name on the cover, but the haiku are fantastic.

I loved the book when I read it originally and I still find the haiku of Santoka Taneda to be some of the best modern haiku.

I would recommend this book to an
"Westerners like to conquer mountains;
Orientals like to contemplate them.
As for me, I like to taste the mountains."

Powerful collection of Haiku poetry by the Zen poet, Santoka Taneda.
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Santōka Taneda (種田 山頭火) was a Japanese writer and haiku poet, in his last years Zen monk. He is known for his free-verse haiku.
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“Haiku is not a shriek, a howl, a sigh, or a yawn; rather, it is the deep breath of life.” 41 likes
“Real haiku is the soul of poetry. Anything that is not actually present in one's heart is not haiku. The moon glows, flowers bloom, insects cry, water flows. There is no place we cannot find flowers or think of the moon. This is the essence of haiku. Go beyond the restrictions of your era, forget about purpose or meaning, separate yourself from historical limitations—there you will find the essence of true art, religion, and science.” 16 likes
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