Zen Koan Haiku

singing bowls
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sound through leaves

Is that the singing  bowl?

the breeze stops


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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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Published by: writersdream9

I have been writing all my life but for the most part, it has been a secret. My parents did not believe writing was a good way to earn money so I hid my poems. Then one day, I wanted to comment on an essay that a friend had written and found myself with a blog. That quiet whisper inside said, "You can write your poetry and no one will ever know.". I knew nothing of followers and the like at that time. So, here I am trying to learn my craft and enjoying every moment of it. My personal details are, I'm 57, married for 39 years, have one grown son who is God's gift to us and last but not least at all, I'm a Baha'i which basically means that I love all humanity.

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24 thoughts on “Zen Koan Haiku”

  1. Reading these amongst others has made me think about starting to write poetry again and where to better to start than with haikus? Nicely done. I should think on these more.

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