August 24, 2012

Ikkyū and the Hell Courtesan

I find the story of Jigoku Dayū ("Hell Courtesan") and her enlightenment under Zen Master Ikkyū inspiring and compelling.

A modern story related to this theme is Shoko Tendo's life. She was born into the Yakuza. A turning point in her life was getting this full-body tattoo of the "Hell Courtesan." She talks about it here.

This blog post is dedicated to Shelly Young.

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