Ennin's Diary: Full Text

Ennin's Diary: Full Text

Postby Jikan » Thu Jul 03, 2014 1:24 am

I want everybody to know about this great bodhisattva: Ennin, Jikaku Daishi. His diary can be read in so many ways, as a significant historical artifact, as the record of one person's commitment to the teachings in turbulent times, even as what the Tibetans might call a namthar or spiritual biography. It's just good stuff. I present it to you: Ennin's Diary...

http://www.scribd.com/doc/232382248/Enn ... ary-1-of-6

http://www.scribd.com/doc/232382502/Enn ... ary-2-of-6

http://www.scribd.com/doc/232382841/Enn ... ary-3-of-6

http://www.scribd.com/doc/232383133/Enn ... ary-4-of-6

http://www.scribd.com/doc/232383239/Enn ... ary-5-of-6

http://www.scribd.com/doc/232383446/Enn ... ary-6-of-6

The scanning was done by committee. That's why we have six different files. I hope they're all in order and properly legible.

Mostly, I hope the great example and enlightened mind of Jikaku Daishi brighten the path of all. Namo Buddhaya.
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Re: Ennin's Diary: Full Text

Postby ratna » Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:53 am

Many thanks!
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Re: Ennin's Diary: Full Text

Postby Indrajala » Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:14 am

Nice to see this online. The translation is dated, but still quite readable!

The full Chinese original is available here:

https://sites.google.com/site/dharmadep ... ninjournal" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

There's also a good recent study of Ennin's journal available for free:

"Searching for the law: Ennin's journal as a key to the Heian appropriation of Tang culture."

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Re: Ennin's Diary: Full Text

Postby Seishin » Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:40 am

Many Thanks Jikan :twothumbsup:
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Re: Ennin's Diary: Full Text

Postby Jikan » Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:58 pm

Indrajala wrote:Nice to see this online. The translation is dated, but still quite readable!

The full Chinese original is available here:

https://sites.google.com/site/dharmadep ... ninjournal" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

There's also a good recent study of Ennin's journal available for free:

"Searching for the law: Ennin's journal as a key to the Heian appropriation of Tang culture."

http://pqdtopen.proquest.com/pqdtopen/d ... ml?FMT=ABS" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


Thanks for those links!

And I agree, the translation does feel antiquated, but overall I think it's very much worth keeping in circulation. Hopefully this will inspire a new translation?
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Re: Ennin's Diary: Full Text

Postby Qianxi » Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:59 pm

Wonderful. It just so happens I was reading this in the library the other day. The descriptions of the dangers of the Japan-China sea crossing really bring home what people risked to bring the Dharma to Japan. Ennin literally gets washed ashore in China in the opening of the book, it's quite cinematic.
There's a companion book by Reischauer called "Ennin's Travels in T'ang China", which organises and analyses some of the historically significant descriptions in Ennin's diary.

I wonder if any of you have read The Roof Tile of Tempyo by 20th century Japanese author Yasushi Inoue. It's a novelised version of the true account of Tang Dynasty Chinese monk Jianzhen's attempts to reach Japan. Very moving.

A more readily available book by the same author is 'Tun-Huang'. Also a work of historical fiction concerning the survival and transmission of Buddhist texts in a chaotic world.
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Re: Ennin's Diary: Full Text

Postby Jikan » Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:23 pm

Qianxi wrote:Wonderful. It just so happens I was reading this in the library the other day. The descriptions of the dangers of the Japan-China sea crossing really bring home what people risked to bring the Dharma to Japan. Ennin literally gets washed ashore in China in the opening of the book, it's quite cinematic.
There's a companion book by Reischauer called "Ennin's Travels in T'ang China", which organises and analyses some of the historically significant descriptions in Ennin's diary.

I wonder if any of you have read The Roof Tile of Tempyo by 20th century Japanese author Yasushi Inoue. It's a novelised version of the true account of Tang Dynasty Chinese monk Jianzhen's attempts to reach Japan. Very moving.

A more readily available book by the same author is 'Tun-Huang'. Also a work of historical fiction concerning the survival and transmission of Buddhist texts in a chaotic world.


Thank you for these leads. I look forward to following up on them.

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