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 the author of two previous novels, THE THREE PLEASURES (Anvil Press, 2017) and The Blood of Foxes; a collection of short fiction, Daruma Days; four books of poetry, including THE FOUR SUFFERINGS (Mawenzi House/TSAR Publishers, 2020), THE GAME OF 100 GHOSTS (Mawenzi House/TSAR Publishers, 2014); two children's books; the nonfiction title Bukkyo Tozen: A History of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in Canada 1905 - 1995; and two manga style comic books. His latest work is MYSTERIOUS DREAMS OF THE DEAD (Anvil Press, 2021). Terry is also a musician and recording artist. Mr. Watada lives in Toronto.
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