Today’s quotes come to us from Yoshida Kenko, a highly regarded and influential scholar and Buddhist monk, who wrote well into the mid-fourteenth century. His most famous contribution to spiritual literature was a series of informal essays that are more often than not collected under the translated title of “Essays In Idleness”; the Japanese title is “Tsurezuregusa.” The quotes are from this collection.
It seems to me the first quote is an almost haiku-esque (note the seasonal reference to cherry blossoms!) comment on the importance of Awareness Rituals, and that the second is a sort of poetic rumination on the archetypal Buddhist subject of Right Conduct; I offer them to you with great pleasure in the content of the first, and great agreement with the perspective of the second:
“On a moonlit night, after a snowfall, or under cherry blossoms, it adds to our pleasure if, while chatting at our ease, we bring forth the wine cups.”
“One should write not unskillfully in the running hand, be able to sing in a pleasing voice and keep good time to music; and, lastly, a man should not refuse a little wine when it is pressed upon him.”
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