Thursday, December 26, 2013


It seems that when the priest Gazan of the Tenryu Temple heard the story of Sasuke's self-immolation, he praised him for the Zen spirit with which he changed his whole life in an instant, turning the ugly into the beautiful, and said that it was very nearly the act of a saint. I wonder how many of us would agree with him.
Junichiro Tanizaki, A Portrait of Shunkin translation by Howard Hibbett

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