Excerpt: Yamaoka Tesshu – A Profile

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A Profile of Yamaoka Tesshu
From Mike Sayama’s Book Samadhi: Self Development in Zen, Swordsmanship, and Psychotherapy [1985]

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Before capitulating to stomach cancer on July 19, 1888, Tesshu composed this poem:

Tightening my abdomen
against the pain.
The caw of a morning crow.

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