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Saigyo's "Six Elements and Four Mandalas" Sequence: The Story and Rhetoric of Enlightenment
This paper analyzes Saigyo's little-discussed waka cycle on the six elements and four mandalas of Shingon. I first introduce the sequence in the context of other similar works by Saigyo, then turn to a discussion of the place of Saigyo's poetry as a whole within the history of Buddhist themes in Japanese poetry. Saigyo lived ...