Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
I have created another Carpe Diem Haiku Kai special feature. In the past years I have done this earlier, but it wasn't really a regular feature. So I have decided to create this new feature. This new feature I have called "Carpe Diem's Theme Week" and I will do this every month in the third week.
The first "Theme Week" will start next Monday (February 15th) and I have a nice theme I think for this first "Theme Week".
Not so long ago I read a wonderful article in a Dutch (Mindfullness) Magazine named "Happinez". In that article the writer tells us a bit about the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead or "Bardo Thodol".
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, written by Sogyal Rinpoche in 1992, is a presentation of the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead or Bardo Thodol. The author wrote, "I have written The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying as the quintessence of the heart-advice of all my masters, to be a new Tibetan Book of the Dead and a Tibetan Book of Life." The book explores: the message of impermanence; evolution, karma and rebirth; the nature of mind and how to train the mind through meditation; how to follow a spiritual path in this day and age; the practice of compassion; how to care for and show love to the dying, and spiritual practices for the moment of death.
|Logo For Our First CD-Theme Week|
The posts for this CD Theme Week feature will be published next to the regular prompts of this month. I am looking forward to this first Theme Week ... There is one little difference with the regular responding time. Instead of three days, you have only two days to respond per prompt.
Here are the "prompts" for this first Carpe Diem Theme Week:
February 15th: Introduction to the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
February 16th: Insight 1 We are all travelers
February 17th: Insight 2 through the chinks comes the light
February 18th: Insight 3 thinking about death gives life meaning
February 19th: Insight 4 the power of compassion is limitless
February 20th: Insight 5 the teacher is not sacred too
February 21st: Insight 6 balance is not always necessary
For closure I have a haiku for you in which I have tried to catch the essence of the deeper layers of the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. This haiku you maybe remember from our month about Peace of Mind last year.
lotuses reach for the sun
growing from the dark
This haiku gives (in my opinion) the essence of the deeper Insights which we will discover this week.
I hope you all will like this new special feature here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, the place to be if you like to write and share haiku with the world.