sound through leaves
Is that the singing bowl?
the breeze stops
What a wonderful prompt about a very spiritual tool of haiku from Basho! Here’s Chevrefeuille:
As a young haiku poet (maybe he was 20 something) Basho wrote haiku and one of the first poems he wrote and which have been saved was the following haiku in which he used this “riddle” technique:
has spring come
or the year gone away?
second last day
© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)
The riddle is one of the oldest poetical techniques as well as a device to preserve and transmit spiritual knowledge. Zen Buddhists retain this lineage with the koan. It takes some explaining of culture and time-keeping to figure out the riddle in Basho’s poem, but that I will give you later in this episode.
First I love to “dive” in the matter of the koan, the impossible question that brings you enlightenment.
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