Japanese Literature Throughout History And History

1382 WordsDec 14, 20166 Pages
In Japanese literature throughout history, there tends to be an idea of nature that is not nature as it really is, but is a projection of the subjective self. This is portrayed through the concept of Mappō. Mappō in Japanese Buddhism, is the age of the degeneration of the Buddha’s law, when only the teachings remained, the practices were no longer pursued, and enlightenment was a mere word. This is a concept that has substance, especially when combined with mujō, the idea of impermanence. Mujō became an idea because Buddha taught that because all things within our lives and our world are constantly changing, it’s important to remember that nothing is permanent. Kamo no Chōmei’s writing presents a variety of elements related to Mappō, which, through the concept of mujō, shows the impermanence of nature as well as humanity fading into the vastness of nothingness. Through the traditions of simplicity, isolation, and religion, specifically Buddhism and the Lotus Sutra, Hōjōki shows this disastrous fleeting through a calm, poetic, narrative voice. This paper will argue that themes of nature are connected to the idea of the subjective self, through impermanence, and studies how Chōmei’s worldview affects his perspective on nature and the natural world. Immediately, Kamo introduces Hōjōki with a smooth, pessimistic, poetic tone, describing the impermanence of foam floating in a river pool. This gives the reader an abrupt sense of sadness which is further produced through a direct

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