Too lazy to be ambitious

Too lazy to be ambitious

Ryōkan Taigu wrote the poem Too lazy to be ambitious. This eighteenth century poem is just one of the many poems this Buddhist monk wrote during his life. He is also known for his calligraphy.


In English this poet is often mentioned as Ryokwan. Born in 1758 under the name Eizõ Yamamato In a small Japanese village, he would become a hermit. In his seclusion he wrote many poems, that were mostly inspired my nature.


Too lazy to be ambitious

Too lazy to be ambitious

By Ryōkan Taigu

Too lazy to be ambitious,
I let the world take care of itself.
Ten days’ worth of rice in my bag;
a bundle of twigs by the fireplace.
Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment?
Listening to the night rain on my roof,
I sit comfortably, with both legs stretched out.

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