Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. In Japanese, shiku hakku means to endure, an expression that originates in Buddhism. THE FOUR SUFFERINGS links Terry Watada's past and present while acknowledging the fundamental suffering of human existence—in birth, aging, illness and death, as well as the suffering endured in daily living—in mundane frustrations, desire, and separation. As well, it celebrates love, and in the end it comes to seek an enlightened state of acceptance. Rise above life's hardships and rejoice in the state of life is the overall theme of this collection.
Terry Watada is a Toronto poet, novelist, playwright and essayist, and historian, musician and composer, with numerous publications to his credit. Five of his plays have received mainstage production. He contributes a monthly column to The Bulletin, a national Japanese Canadian community paper. For his writing, music and community volunteerism, he was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. His published works include THE FOUR SUFFERINGS (Mawenzi House/TSAR Publishers, 2020), THE THREE PLEASURES (Mawenzi House/TSAR Publishers, 2017), THE GAME OF 100 GHOSTS (Mawenzi House/TSAR Publishers, 2014), The Sword, the Medal and the Rosary (manga, 2013); Kuroshio: The Blood of Foxes (novel, 2007), Obon: the Festival of the Dead (poetry, 2006); Ten Thousand Views of Rain (poetry, 2001); A Thousand Homes (poetry, 1995); and The TBC: the Toronto Buddhist Church, 1995-2010 (2010).Author City: TORONTO CAN