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The Zen disciple sits for long hours silent and motionless, with his eyes closed. Presently he enters a state of impassivity, free from all ideas and all thoughts. He departs from the self and enters the realm of nothingness. This is not the nothingness or the emptiness of the West. It is rather the reverse, a universe of the spirit in which everything communicates freely with everything, ...
Kawabata was the president of the Japanese P.E.N. (a worldwide association of writers, founded to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere) from 1948 to 1965; in this position, Kawabata was a driving force behind the translation of Japanese literature into English and other Western languages. For his efforts, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Arts and ...
His works are influenced by Zen Buddhism (where insight comes through isolation) and by the haiku (a brief, but expressive poem).