Ikkyu Sojun

Ikkyu Sojun

Happiness, sorrow; love, hate; body and shadow.
Heat and cold; joy and anger; self and other.
The pleasure of poetry is the road to Hell.
Yet, stop along the way and see: plum blossoms, peach flowers.

Ikkyu Sojun (Sanford, 1981, p. 154)

(Seen at the beginning of The Zen Impulse and the Psychoanalytic Encounter by Paul C. Cooper)

Ikkyū (Ikkyū Sōjun, 1394–1481) was an eccentric, iconoclastic Japanese Zen Buddhist monk and poet. He had a great impact on the infusion of Japanese art and literature with Zen attitudes and ideals, as well as on Zen itself, often breaking religious taboos with his stance against celibacy.