The Four Sufferings

By Terry Watada

The Four Sufferings
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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 ... Read more


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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

Terry Watada is a Toronto poet, novelist, playwright, essayist, historian, musician, and composer, with numerous publications to his credit. Five of his plays have received mainstage production. For his writing, music and community volunteerism, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. His recent published works include The Game of 100 Ghosts (Mawenzi House, 2014), Nishga Girl: a Tale of Love and Friendship (HpF Press, 2017), and The Three Pleasures (Anvil Press, 2017). His upcoming poetry collection, The Four Sufferings (Mawenzi House) and novel, The Mysterious Dreams of the Dead (Anvil Press) will be released in 2020.

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