Poems »

Taigu Ryokan was born in the Echigo (now Nigata) Province of northern Japan in 1785. The son of the village headman -- a successful merchant and haiku poet of some note -- Ryokan was schooled in Japanese and Chinese literature as well as religion and calligraphy. When he was eighteen years old Ryokan met the Zen Master Kokusen and accompanied him to the Entsu-Ji temple in Tamashima where he became a Buddhist monk. Ryokan excelled at his monastic studies and was offered the position of head of the monastery when Kokusen died. But he rejected both the position and the title of Master, electing to instead wander the countryside of Japan, begging and writing poetry. He eventually moved into a hermitage (called Gogo-an or 'Five Measures of Rice') at the foot of Mt. Kugami where he lived for the remainder of his life.

FAVORITE (0 fans)

List of poems by Taigu Ryokan 3 total

No Mind
 87 ViewsRate it
You Stop To Point At The Moon In The Sky
 84 ViewsRate it
Three Thousand Worlds 22 ViewsRate it

Share your thoughts on Taigu Ryokan's poems with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this poet to your bibliography:


    "Taigu Ryokan" Poetry.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 2 Aug. 2021. <https://www.poetry.com/poet/Taigu+Ryokan>.

    Missing a poem of Taigu Ryokan?

    Know another great poem from Taigu Ryokan? Don't keep it to yourself!

    Browse Poetry.com


    Are you a poetry master?

    How many syllables an Iambic Pentameter line must have?
    • A. 20
    • B. 3
    • C. 12
    • D. 10