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Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at our "weekend-meditation" episode of this week. This week I have a nice episode of Carpe Diem Namasté The Spiritual Way for you to mediate and contemplate on. As you all know you can respond on this "weekend-meditation" on Sunday after publishing. This gives you the time to think it over and meditate on it ...
This week I had some trouble to getting an idea for this Namasté episode, but after a while I thought maybe I can do something on Zen Buddhism, because that's one of the pillars for a classical haiku. Maybe this will episode will give you an idea how to bring spirituality into you haiku. As you all know (maybe) next month, April, I will have all classical (maybe sometimes modern) kigo (seasonwords) for spring, also a pillar of haiku. April will be in total classical, because I hope to challenge you to create haiku and tanka based on the classical rules. (These classical rules you can find in our exclusive e-book "In The Way of Basho" above in the menu).
Let me take you "by the hand", let's go find out what haiku and spirituality have to do with each other.
Maybe you remember that we have had a series here at CDHK about "Zen in haiku", based on the "bible" of haiku, the four volumes "Haiku" by R.H.Blyth.
|cover of Volume 4 of the series by R.H. Blyth|
an empty bowl
but in it is the spirit of emptiness -
the spring breeze
If you start writing haiku the first thing that will be said to you is "don't personalize your haiku, the poet has no place in your haiku, it's only nature". Maybe you have heard that when you started to create haiku. But in my opinion the haiku I create are me, in my haiku I am always present, because I am the poet who has crafted it. Haiku is a nice way to say things as you feel them and sometimes you need to bring yourself into the haiku (or tanka).
came back to me
|woodblock print "butterfly" (image found on Pinterest)|
while I washed my feet, ...
those two or three words