Dear O-Henro ... Haijin, visitors and travelers,
First this ... my dad has been released from hospital yesterday and is home again. He is still recovering, but can recover now in his own surroundings. Thank you all for your kind words, thoughts and prayers for his good health.
|Ryuko-ji (Temple 41)|
Today we will visit Ryuko-ji, temple 41 on the Shikoku Trail and we will look at another Zen state for haiku, wordlessness. Ryuko-ji is devoted to Juichimen Kannon the Buddha of Compassion, Juichimen Kannon is often portraited as female, but there also sources who say that Juichimen Kannon was both male and female. This can mean what it says, but it also can mean that Juichimen Kannon had integrated both hemishperes of the brain, male and female.
|Juichimen Kannon, Buddha of Compassion|
Wordlessness ... well I think that's haiku as a whole, because in haiku we are painting with words as less is possible. So haiku is in a way ''wordless''. Maybe you can re-call our CD episode with ''circle'' as prompt and maybe you can remember than that I used the deathpoem of a haiku-poet ... just a plain calligraphed circle (symbol for Enlightenment) ... that is Wordlessness to the max.
|Deathpoem by Shinsui (* - 1769)|
As I was preparing this episode I ''ran'' into a few nice haiku composed by Kobayashi Issa (Kobayashi Issa (小林 一茶?, June 15, 1763 - January 5, 1828), was a Japanese poet and lay Buddhist priest of the Jōdo Shinshū sect known for his haiku poems and journals. He is better known as simply Issa (一茶?), a pen name meaning Cup-of-tea (lit. "one [cup of] tea"):
hitori cha ya cho wa mainichi kite kureru
drinking tea alone--
|Blue Morning Glories|
in the teacup
between foot prints of man
shell of a hermit
Or what do you think of this one ...:
the cooing of pigeons
the cool rain
|My Sakura is starting to bloom|
Well ... I hope this post will inspire you to compose your haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka or haibun ... try to say a lot with just a few words ... practicing wordlessness.