When disaster struck Japan in the 13th century, a wise old man took to the hills in search of inner peace. Living in a small grass hut isolated from the world, Kamo no Chomei put brush to paper and wrote the poetic masterpiece Hōjōki about the transcendent power of simplicity and self-reliance. This classic work of Japanese literature argues that clinging to possessions, status, and social recognition only brings suffering.
The message resonates down to our own time as we struggle to negotiate the twin extremes of crippling isolation and ubiquitous connectivity amidst profound social and political change.
Although inspired by Buddhist ideas from another age and culture, Hōjōki is universal and timeless.
Translated by Matthew Stavros and narrated by MG Miller.
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