Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
First this: Our 6th Carpe Diem Haiku Kai kukai "time" is already on, but there are not enough submissions yet. You can submit your haiku (a maximum of three unpublished haiku) inspired on the theme "time" until February 14th 10.00 PM (CET) to our email-address: firstname.lastname@example.org please write kukai time in the subject line. I am looking forward to all of your beautiful haiku.
Secondly: As you all know I am already busy with creating the first real issue of our own e-zine "Souchou". This issue will be published around March 21st, spring. However it is not necessary to submit haiku, tanka,other Japanese poetry forms or an essay themed "spring". If you want to be published in this new issue of Souchou than you can email your submissions to our special "souchou" email-address: email@example.com please write "spring issue Souchou" in the subject line.
Third: Our second renga-party is on a roll and I have read wonderful links/stanza already. It looks like we are doing it again with each other. So be alert if it is your turn to write a stanza. Our renga-party is still highlighted in the left of our Kai.
Fourth: I hope to publish a new CDHK e-book soon in which I have gathered all the episodes of our second series of Haiku Wruiting Techniques. I will keep you all posted.
Okay ... that were the "household communications" for today, sorry for being prolixed. Back to our CDHK episode of today.
This month we are sharpening our senses together with Hamish and I love to tell you first why I did choose for a nice photo of a Japanese Garden for our CDHK logo of February. We are talking about senses this month and in every Japanese garden you will find "triggers" for all of your senses. That's why I choose for this logo.
Today's episode is about "spirituality". Spirituality is one of the pillars on which I built Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, because it's my belief that haiku (and all other Japanese poetry) are based on spirituality. As we all know haiku is partly built on Zen Buddhism and (every) haiku can be seen as a koan.
Let me tell you all something more about this idea of "koan":
The popular western understanding sees kōan as referring to an unanswerable question or a meaningless statement. However, in Zen practice, a kōan is not meaningless, and not a riddle or a puzzle. Teachers do expect students to present an appropriate response when asked about a kōan.
According to Hori, a central theme of many koans is the 'identity of opposites':
We also had several posts about, for example: pilgrimages and shamanism, in which we discovered the spiritual layers in haiku and we learnt to bring that spirituality into our haiku and that's also the goal of this episode.
walking on the path of wisdom
finding the truth
© Chèvrefeuille (2013)
|Shaman (Altai Mountains)|
A spiritual haiku is seen also in shaman haiku. Today though, show spirituality with your haiku through your description (of nature).
-sense of fading dreams
suddenly, a ladybug!
the liquid sunset
touches the sea
I touch the sea, too
As you all know, you could have read it above, but certainly all over Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, I am a very spiritual being and that's why I started creating haiku, because haiku is in my belief the poetry of spirituality.
watching the deep blue night sky -
feeling my spirit
wishing to be free forever
like an eagle
free and high in the blue sky
my Inner Path
|Honeysuckle (or Chèvrefeuille)|
the smell of dew on her flowers
© Chèvrefeuille (2012)