The Four Sufferings

Shiku hakku in Japanese means to endure, an expression that originates in Buddhism. This collection links Terry Watada’s past and present while acknowledging the fundamental suffering of human existence—in birth, aging, illness, and death—and the suffering endured in daily living—common frustrations, desire, separation. But at the same time it celebrates love, and in the end seeks an enlightened state of acceptance. Rise above life’s hardships and rejoice in the state of life is the overall theme of this collection.


Publication Date: October 2020

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-77415-017-7
Page size: 5.5″ x 8.25″
120 pages

eBook ISBN: 978-1-77415-018-4

Photo of Terry Watada

Terry Watada is a Toronto poet, novelist, playwright, essayist, and historian, musician and composer. For his writing, music, and community volunteerism, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. His published works include The Game of 100 Ghosts (poetry, 2014), The Sword, the Medal and the Rosary (manga, 2013); Kuroshio: The Blood of Foxes (novel, 2007), and The TBC: The Toronto Buddhist Church, 1995 – 2010 (history, 2010). He also writes for The Bulletin, a Japanese Canadian community paper.

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