Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Another day in haiku paradise Carpe Diem. Today we share haiku on 'Buddha' (provided by Patricia of High Five and Raspberries). A lovely prompt I think and to me even an everlasting love, I am somewhat of a Zen-Buddhist as a haiku poet.
I love to share some background on Buddha.
From canonical sources, the Jātaka tales, Mahapadana Sutta (DN 14), and the Achariyabhuta Sutta (MN 123) include selective accounts that may be older, but are not full biographies. The Jātaka tales retell previous lives of Gautama as a bodhisattva, and the first collection of these can be dated among the earliest Buddhist texts. The Mahāpadāna Sutta and Acchariyaabbhuta Sutta both recount miraculous events surrounding Gautama's birth, such as the bodhisattva's descent from Tuṣita Heaven into his mother's womb.
Isn't it an awesome story? As haiku poets we all have somewhat of Buddhism in us because Zen Buddhism is part of the classical haiku tradition. Nature is one of the main ideas on which haiku is inspired. Basho was a Buddhist and Issa also was a Buddhist ... and Chiyo-Ni, our haiku master for this month, was a Buddhist Nun. So haiku and Buddhism are part of each other.
Buson, not a Buddhist (as far as I know), wrote the next haiku:
akino kure hotoke ni bakeru tanuki kana
autumn nightfall -
a badger has turned himself
into a Buddha
Or what do you think of this one, also by Buson:
daibutsu no kanata miya sama semi no koe
This great Buddha:
Beyond it live Princes,
Amid the cicadas' song.
Or this wonderful haiku written by Issa:
praising Amida Buddha...
Another one by Issa:
praises Amida Buddha...
cherry blossoms fall
A last example ... a haiku by Chiyo-Ni, our haiku master for this month. Not entirely on Buddha, but with a touch of Buddha in it:
each sound of
the temple bell is different
OK ... enough of other haiku poets ... let's go and compose my own haiku on Buddha. First a haiku written by me, earlier:
snow falls softly
the statue of Buddha covered
in white silk
Or this one which I wrote almost a year ago:
covered with fresh snow
OK ... a last one which I wrote earlier:
stroking the lovely face
So ... back to today ... have to come with a new haiku ... here it goes:
I feel like Buddha
as a nurse
as a nurse
full unconditional love
just like Buddha
just like Buddha
my youngest grandson smiles
I love it ... just a wonderful series of haiku based on the base of haiku ... Buddhism.
Have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with us here on Carpe Diem. This prompt will stay on 'till February 4th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our first Carpe Diem Special of this months haiku master Chiyo-Ni later on today around 10.00 PM (CET). I haven't yet decided which haiku by Chiyo-Ni I would love to share ... so be patient ... and let the surprise catch you.