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Essays in Idleness is a collection of passages by the Buddhist monk Yoshida Kenkō with passages that cover a wide range of topics from everyday concerns and life advice to religious and philosophical musings. The book was arranged in its present form hundreds of years after Kenkō's death and is considered an essential piece of literature in Japan that is a required part of the educational curriculum.
The passages are in Buddhist monk Yoshida Kenkō's unique and personal voice and are narrated in the first person and third person.
Essays in Idleness refers to Zen Buddhist monk Yoshida Kenkō's (c. 1283–1350) collection of short passages about a wide variety of topics both practical and philosophical. While idleness is often associated with being lazy or lacking activity, Kenkō's use of the term refers to his humble, meditative life as a Zen Buddhist monk.
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