1/11/2007

WKD - ZEN, Buddhism and Haiku

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Zen and Haiku

More knowledge people have written about this subject.
Here are just a few of my own musings and a few links on the subject.




Buddha meditates –
the hungry folk
just want food


Five Buddhas and one Tanuki
© Photo and Haiku by Gabi Greve


I have a museum with artefacts of Bodhidaruma, the founder of Zen Buddhistm.

The Daruma Museum, Japan

Daruma and Haiku



And read about the Japanese ZEN temple Eihei-Ji.


The Zendo in Kamakura : Sanboo kyoodan Zen
and the Way of the New Religions
by Robert H. Sharf


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“A haiku is the expression of a temporary enlightenment
in which we see into the life of things.”


R.H. Blyth


Well, this is just one opinion.


enlightenment ...
all it takes is
HAIKU ???



or maybe

HAIKU !
all it takes is
enlightenment



temporary enlightenment -
just a bunch of
fireflies



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en LIGHT enment
just how LIGHT
can it be ?


anonymous

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enlightenment -
my Daruma squeezed
into a lightbulb

Gabi Greve, January 2011


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Zen and Haiku from my Gallery


Zen Riddles with BEE ..

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Haiku and Zen Moments ... some fun



KOAN and Haiku (01) .. 公案と俳句
KOAN and Haiku (02) .. Dreams 夢
KOAN and Haiku (03) .. Original face and Immortality


Quietude and the Galactic Ant  静けさと蟻のクシャミ
..... The Sound of Wind, Sound of Clouds (essay)
風の音、雲の音、お茶の音


Stone Buddhas .. 石仏

Voice of Buddha .. .. Frogs Farting :o) 。。蛙の屁


. Wordless Poem, Wordless Smile  



Carpet Meditations 2007





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The Haiku Moment

Composition of a poem must be done in an instant, like a woodcutter felling a huge tree or a swordsman leaping at a dangerous enemy. It is also like cutting a ripe watermelon with a sharp knife or like taking a large bite at a pear.
Matsuo Basho


Basho here is referring to that sudden insight into the hidden nature of things which he called "inspiration." While he certainly revised his own poems and those of his students, his meaning here may be taken to be that if the poem does not contain inspiration at the beginning, does not capture the true impact of a moment, then it will fail. Later revision may perfect the expression, but only by composing spontaneously can one learn to grasp the flash of inspiration as it happens

Haiku in English
by Barbara Louise Ungar



Translating the haiku moment ... back to Japanese :
haiku no shunkan ? 俳句の瞬間 ?
Not a word commonly used in Japanese.


The AHA MOMENT ... more of my musings !!!


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“Notes on Self-Transcendence East and West:
Jorge Guillén and Haiku”

by Rupert Allen

During the second half of this century we have seen an enormous growth in the literature on self-transcendence. The phenomena associated with “centered,” non-ego awareness have been described in a number of fields including ethnology, depth psychology, comparative religion, parapsychology, and the vast literature on meditative techniques.
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Particularly relevant to our understanding of the seer as poet (rather than as prophet) is the classical haiku, the poetry of Zen consciousness, for here we have the deliberate esthetic cultivation of transcendental reality, resting on the solid theoretical foundation of Zen Buddhism.
That we Westerners are generally oblivious to the existence of the “other” world is indicated by the fact that we do not know how to read haiku without special training in altered consciousness. Once this training is undergone the content of the haiku becomes accessible, and the impressive world of Japanese beauty is seen for the miracle that it is.
source : terebess.hu DOC


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Basho, thought by many Japanese to be their finest haiku writer and greatest poet, lived from 1644 to 1694. Like almost all noted haiku writers he knew Zen, practicing discipline under the master Butcho in Kashima, with whom, according to Dr. D. T. Suzuki, he had the following exchange:

Butcho:
How are you getting along these days?

Basho:
Since the recent rain moss is greener than ever.

Butcho:
What Buddhism was there before the moss became green?

Resulting in enlightenment and the first of his best-known haiku:

Basho:
Leap-splash - a frog.

Whether or not they undertook discipline, haiku writers thought themselves living in the spirit of Zen, their truest poems expressing its ideals. To art lovers the appeal of haiku is not unlike that of a sumie (ink-wash) scroll by Sesshu, and many
haiku poets, like Buson, were also outstanding painters.

Zenists have always associated the two arts:
"When a feeling reaches its highest pitch," says Dr Suzuki, Zen´s most distinguished historian,
"we remain silent, even 17 syllables may be too many. Japanese artists ... influenced by the way of Zen tend to use the fewest words or strokes of brush to express their feelings. When they are too fully expressed no room for suggestion is possible, and suggestibility is the secret of the Japanese arts´.
Like a painting or rock garden, haiku is an object of meditation, drawing back the the curtain on essential truth. It shares with other arts qualities belonging to the Zen aesthetic - simplicity, naturalness, directness, profundity - and each poem has its dominant mood:

sabi (isolation),
wabi (poverty),
aware (impermanence) or
yugen (mystery).

If it is true that the art of poetry consists in saying important things with the fewest possible words, then haiku has a just place in world literature. The limitation of syllables assures terseness and concision, and the range of association in the finest examples is at times astonishing. It has the added advantage of being accessible:
a seasonal reference, direct or indirect, simplest words, chiefly names of things in dynamic relationships, familiar themes, make it understandable to most, on one level at least.

Zen Poetry: Let the Spring Breeze Enter
Lucien Stryk, Takashi Ikemoto
source : books.google.co.jp


. Zen Master Butchoo, Butchō 仏頂和尚 Butcho, Temple 雲岸寺 Ungan-Ji .
(1643– 1715)


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. Matsuo Basho 松尾芭蕉 - Archives of the WKD .


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Bashō and Religious Traditions

Of course the fact that Bashō chose not to become an official member of a religious tradition does not mean that those traditions are irrelevant. While he is not, for instance, a Buddhist in the conventional sense of the term, his world view and way of life exhibit certain Buddhistic qualities, only one of which can we mention here.
As we have seen, an important aspect of Buddhist thought is nonduality.

Nonduality applied even to the distinction between the deluded state and enlightenment, as seen in Buddhist phrases such as "enlightenment is found in the world of passions" (bonnô sunawachi bodai naru) and "the deluded mind is itself Buddha" (môjin soku butsu). The Zen master Dōgen is famous for insisting on the nonduality of means and end. For him, zazen is not a technique one engaged in for the purpose of achieving enlightenment, it was the enactment of enlightenment.

Bashō also experiences, in a unique way, the nonduality between imperfection and perfection and means and end. His travels are not like pilgrimages, which are temporary journeys directed toward a specific end. His wayfaring is endless: the journey itself is home.

... The nonduality of means and end extends to his attitude toward himself. Because his practice is never concluded, he sees himself as forever incomplete, like the asunarô tree, which appears to be the valuable cypress but is not.

"Tomorrow I will be a cypress!" an old tree in a valley once said. Yesterday has passed as a dream; tomorrow has not yet come. Instead of just enjoying a cask of wine in my life, I keep saying "tomorrow, tomorrow," securing the reproof of the sages.

sabishisa ya - Loneliness:
hana no atari - among the blossoms
asunarō - an asunarô

The name asunarô literally means "tomorrow I will become..." with the context implying "...a cypress." But the tree will never become a cypress, and Bashō will never complete his journey either. While in several passages Bashō exhibits self-denigration about his incompletion, ultimately this is not condemnation but realization: reality fundamentally is an endless journey with no climax or completion. But there is, perhaps, something of a Pure Land Buddhist tone in his self-recrimination and sense of imperfection, and the possible affinities between Pure Land and Bashō are worth careful attention.

While Bashō's mode of being is Buddhistic in some ways, they depart from traditional Buddhism in other ways. Buddhism began to lose its hold as the predominant religious tradition in the seventeenth century, and Bashō's departure from (and in some cases criticism of) Buddhism may be an example of this. The notion of karma, so important to medieval Buddhism, is absent in his works. In fact, early in The Record of a Weather-Exposed Skeleton Bashō encounters a situation that seems to be presented in a way that the reader expects a reference to karma: an abandoned baby by the roadside. After tossing the child some food and composing a mournful poem, he continues his speculation on the cause of the situation.
“Why did this happen? Were you hated by your father or neglected by your mother? Your father did not hate you, your mother did not neglect you. This simply is from heaven, and you can only grieve over your fate.” Traditional Buddhism would call for an explanation based on past lives that would affirm the cosmic justice of deserved suffering. For Bashō there is no cosmic justice in the normal sense, only the ever-present imminence of death shared by all wayfarers.

This passage is patterned very closely on the writings of the Taoist Chuang-Tzu, and Bashō's notion of fate is far closer to classical Taoism than it is to traditional Buddhism. In fact, Chuang Tzu is alluded to in his writings more often than any other religious thinker. Bashō's self-portrait has several Taoist aspects. The Chuang Tzu contains numerous images of wayfaring and flying as the ideal, especially in the first chapter, "Free and Easy Wandering." The Record of a Travel-Worn Satchel begins with a description of Bashō as a fûrabô, and the image in the first sentence is taken directly from The Chuang Tzu.

Among these hundred bones and nine holes there is something. For now let's call it "gauze in the wind" (fûrabô). Surely we can say it's thin, torn easily by a breeze. It grew fond of mad poetry long ago; eventually, this became its life work.
This life's work, he relates elsewhere, is quite "useless," a major theme in Chuang Tzu's writings.

Bashō, then, experiences life as an inheritor and participant in the meditational Buddhist, classical Taoist, and shamanistic yugyô hijiri traditions. Indeed he most likely saw them as three complementary streams, all of them parts of one religious complex of ideas, attitudes, and practices. This particular mode of being-in-the-world presents to the reader a sophisticated world view and way of life that becomes for us an ato, a trace of his life that we can appropriate in our particular way as we travel our own endless journey.

THE JOURNALS OF MATSUO BASHŌ
source : Barnhill


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Meditation - Dhyana

ZEN and Haiku - some thoughts
... more on the Haiku Moment (haiku no shunkan?)

ZEN and Haiku - short musing

ZEN and Zen-isch, McZen - Cold at Temple Eihei-Ji


EGO, Zen and Haiku
.......... Zen and the Art of Haiku. Ken Jones !!!!!



Words do not make a man understand;
You must get the man, to understand them.

ZENRIN KUSHU Poetry Collection 禅林句集 English


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.. .. .. .. .. .. .. Tao, Dao and Haiku 道教と俳句
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External LINKS

Zen Poems and Haiku - A haiku selection from a 'non-zennist'


Zen and Haiku GOOGLE


Zen and Haiku YAHOO

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A Haibun

Leaving the noisy, busy city behind for a while, I go into the quiet museum to see an exhibit of zen portrait paintings. Entering the dimly lit galleries, I find myself in the midst of a gathering of sages!

Gazing intently around me, I soon enter into the spirit of things. I come down the mountain with Shakyamuni, both of us smiling, smiling from head to toe, smiling at the universe. I sit down next to Bohdidharma, determined to stay awakened, however long it takes, eyes unblinking! I wander aimlessly with Hotei, balancing my bag of stuff with my belly, laughing at nothing and everything, heedless of appearances. After a while, tired from all this traveling to distant times and places, I rest my head peacefully beside Hanshan's, the warm body of a sleeping tiger for our pillow, with not a care in the world!

Where today can you find such characters? I'd like to meet them.


fine spring day--
a bum dozes outside
the zen painting show



Larry Bole, April 2007

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I exist,
I only just exist here -
snow is falling


只居ればおるとて雪の降にけり
tada oreba oru tote yuki no furi ni keri

Kobayashi Issa, 1805
Tr. Gabi Greve


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ZEN is not the only form of Buddhism with an influence on culture, poetry and haiku.


"Henro Haiku " by pilgrims of Shikoku
There are even kigo with this phenomenon
Esoteric Buddhism 密教 and Kukai Kobo Daishi

. Henro Haiku 遍路俳句 .



Kobayashi Issa and his Pure Land Buddhism
. Kobayashi Issa (小林一茶) .

Pure Land Buddhism
浄土仏教
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !


Nichiren Buddhism  日蓮宗 and related kigo
. Saint Nichiren 日蓮 .


and all the observance kigo related to
Buddhist festivals and religious persons

. Observance SAIJIKI .

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Not everything is ZEN in haikuland.

. Zooka, zouka, zōka 造化 zoka
The Creative Power and Basho .



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QUOTES

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Here I collect some quotes,
to be enjoyed with haiku!




My QUOTES with HAIKU from 2008



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Every happening, great and small,
is a parable whereby God speaks to us,
and the art of life is to get the message.


Malcolm Muggeridge


One way to "get the message" is to write haiku !


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I shall open my eyes and ears.
Once every day I shall simply
stare at a tree, a flower, a cloud, or a person.

I shall not then be concerned at all to ask
what they are
but simply be glad
that they are.

I shall joyfully allow them their
"divine, magical, and ecstatic" existence.


Clyde S. Kilby

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simply see
simply be glad
simply write haiku





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Spring passes and one remembers
one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers
one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers
one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers
one's perseverance.


Yoko Ono

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each season passes
and one remembers
one's haiku


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Success or failure, the truth of a life really has little to do with its quality.
The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight.
The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.


Julia Cameron


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paying attention -
tha capacity for delight
the capacity for haiku



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Unless your heart, your soul,
and your whole being are behind every decision you make,
the words from your mouth will be empty,
and each action will be meaningless.

Truth and confidence are the roots of happiness.


Kathleen Pedersen


Truth and confidence are the roots of haiku !

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Any fool can make a rule,
and any fool will mind it.


Henry David Thoreau


Aaa, but what about these haiku rules ? grin ...


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Our dependency makes slaves out of us,
especially if this dependency is
a dependency of our self-esteem.


If you need encouragement, praise,
pats on the back from everybody,
then you make everybody your judge.


Fritz Perls


Who is the real judge of your haiku ?


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The self is not something that one finds.
It is something that one creates.


-- Thomas Szasz (1920-)
American Psychiatrist

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With haiku, it is often the other way round for me:


A haiku is not something that one creates.
It is something that one finds.




How about your haiku creation process ?


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Practice rather than preach.
Make of your life an affirmation,
defined by your ideals,
not the negation of others.

Dare to the level of your capability
then go beyond to a higher level.


Alexander Haig


and then, only then, write a haiku ...


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Your thoughts should agree with your words,
and the words should agree with your actions.

In this world people think one thing,
say another thing,
and do something else.

This is horrible.
This is crookedness.


Sivananda
http://www.sivananda.org/



your thoughts should agree
with your words ...
YOUR HAIKU



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The world is blessed most by people who do things,
not by those who merely talk about them.


James Oliver


do it! write a haiku NOW !


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to live like a beautiful summer blossom,
to die like a beautiful autumn moon


Rabindranath Tagore


to work like a beautiful haiku poet


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What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health,
out of debt, and has a clear conscience?


Adam Smith (1723-1790)



you guess, a haiku !


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If we learn once again to listen to the gentle voice within,
we will hear it counseling us many times a day to simplify our lives.
When the voices of the world
propose the multiple complexities of modern living,
the gentle voices within will whisper:
Why complicate your life?


Matthew Kelly


less is more -
haiku is more
with less



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There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want;
and, after that, to enjoy it.
Only the wisest of humans achieve the second.


Logan Pearsall Smith

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Life should be enjoyable;
too often we think it's about achievement.
The truth is that making life enjoyable
is an achievement in itself.

unattributed


haiku is not about the achievement,
but about the joy of writing it !


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Simply give others a bit of yourself;
a thoughtful act, a helpful idea,
a word of appreciation, a lift over a rough spot,
a sense of understanding, a timely suggestion.
You take something out of your mind,
garnished in kindness out of your heart,
and put it into the other person's mind and heart.


Charles H. Burr


give a haiku ...

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If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles,
we can greet the future
and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding
that we do not know enough to be pessimistic.


Hazel Henderson

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I have become my own version of an optimist.
If I can't make it through one door,
I'll go through another door--
or I'll make a door.
Something terrific will come
no matter how dark the present.


Rabindranath Tagore


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Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself
and know that everything in this life has purpose.
There are no mistakes, no coincidences,
all events are blessings given to use to learn from.


Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross


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True silence really means going deep within yourself
to that place where nothing is happening,
where you transcend time and space.
You go into a brand new dimension of nothingness.

That's where all the power is.
That's your real home.
That's where you really belong,
in deep Silence where there is no good or bad,
no one trying to achieve anything.

Just being, pure being. . . .
Silence is the ultimate reality.


Robert Adams

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that place where nothing is happening
well
haiku is happening


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To be ambitious for wealth,
and yet always expecting to be poor,
to be always doubting your ability to get what you long for,
is like trying to reach east by traveling west. . . .

No matter how hard you work for success,
if your thought is saturated with the fear of failure,
it will kill your efforts,
neutralize your endeavors,
and make success impossible.


Charles Baudouin

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Consult not your fears but your hopes and dreams.
Think not about your frustrations,
but about your unfulfilled potential.

Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in,
but with what is still possible for you to do.

Pope John XXIII


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Acceptance is observation of life
and suspension of judgment about
whether what is happening is
good or bad, right or wrong.


Ron Smotherman


Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free.
Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing.


Chuang Tzu


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People who soar are those who refuse to sit back,
sigh, and wish things would change.
They neither complain of their lot
nor passively dream of some distant ship coming in.

Rather, they visualize in their minds
that they are not quitters;
they will not allow life’s circumstances
to push them down and hold them under.


Charles Swindoll


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Time is a flowing river.
Happy those who allow themselves
to be carried, unresisting, with the current.
They float through easy days.
They live, unquestioning, in the moment.


Christopher Morley


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An American tourist found himself in India on the day of the pilgrimage to the top of a sacred mountain.

Thousands of people would climb the steep path to the mountaintop. The tourist, who had been jogging and doing vigorous exercise and thought he was in good shape, decided to join in and share the experience.

After twenty minutes, he was out of breath and could hardly climb another step, while women carrying babies, and frail old men with canes, moved easily past him.

"I don't understand it," he said to an Indian companion. "How can these people do it when I can't?"

His friend answered, "It is because you have the typical American habit of seeing everything as a test. You see the mountain as your enemy and you set out to defeat it. So, naturally, the mountain fights back and it is stronger than you are.

We do not see the mountain as an enemy to be conquered. The purpose of our climb is to become one with the mountain and so it lifts us up and carries us along."


Harold Kushner in
When All You've Ever Wanted Isn't Enough


quoted from
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haiku is an exercise to become one with the mountain too ...


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Accepting things conditionally,
or rather unconditionally?



Acceptance is a letting-go process.
You let go of your wishes
and demands that life can be different.
It's a conscious choice.


Gary Emery


Of course there is no formula for success
except perhaps
an unconditional acceptance of life
and what it brings.


Artur Rubinstein


 
things are the way they are -
my haiku state things
the way they are



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Because one believes in oneself,
one doesn't try to convince others.
Because one is content with oneself,
one doesn't need others' approval.
Because one accepts oneself,
the whole world accepts him or her.


The Tao Te Ching

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because one writes haiku
for the joy of writing them
one doesn't need others' approval



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You can tell whether one is clever
by his or her answers.
You can tell whether one is wise
by his or her questions.

Naguib Mahfouz

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naguib_Mahfouz


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You can tell whether one is ? ? ?
by reading his or her haiku .


rainy season ...
shall I write a wet haiku
or a dry one ?


rainy season ...
shall I write a clever haiku
or a wise one ?



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Schon das kleinste Kunstwerk,
eine Bleistiftskizze von sechs Strichen
und ein Gedichtvers von vier Zeilen,
versucht frech und blind das Unmögliche,
geht aufs Ganze,
will das Chaos in die Nußschale schöpfen!



Hermann Hesse

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haiku ...
trying to scoop chaos
into a nutshell



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Guard well your spare moments.
They are like uncut diamonds.
Discard them and their value will never be known.
Improve them and they will become
the brightest gems in a useful life.


Ralph Waldo Emerson

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your spare moments
your treasure moments
your haiku moments



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Reduce the complexity of life
by eliminating the needless wants of life,
and the labors of life reduce themselves.


Edwin Way Teale

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reduce the complexity of poetry
by eliminating the needles words of life ..
and the joys of live will double themselves

Haiku with less words ...


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Remember not only to say the right thing
in the right place, but far more difficult still,

to leave unsaid the wrong thing
at the tempting moment.


Benjamin Franklin

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to leave unwritten
this haiku at the wrong moment


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You do not suffer because things are impermanent.
You suffer because things are impermanent
and you think they are permanent.


Thich Nhat Hanh


suffering and happiness,
they are both sides of the same coin ...

a simple haiku <>
how permanent
can it be ?

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To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion;

to be worthy, not respectable,
and wealthy, not rich;
to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly;

to listen to stars and birds,
to babes and sages, with open heart;

to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely,
await occasions, hurry never;

in a word to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious,
grow up through the common--
this is to be my symphony.

William Henry Channing


.... to live with a haiku and a smile ...


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You can clear the land, plow the field, spread the fertilizer, and plant the corn. But you cannot make it rain. You cannot prevent an early frost.
You cannot determine exactly what will happen in your life.
The rain may or may not fall, but one thing is certain:
you will get a harvest only if you planted something in the field.

It's important to do everything in our power to ensure our success,
but we also need to let the universe take its course.


Melody Beattie


You plant the haiku! Heaven spreads in it the world.


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When you arise in the morning,
think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive -

to breathe,
to think,
to enjoy,
to love.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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to write a haiku !


Japanese by Nakamura Sakuo :

目覚めごと 生きる尊さ 思いけり
mezame goto ikiru tootosa omoi keri

every wake up
precious life
thinking of



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To see a world in a grain of sand,
and heaven in a wildflower,
hold infinity in the palm of your hand
and eternity in an hour.


William Blake



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What is life?

It is the flash of a firefly in the night.
It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.

It is the little shadow
which runs across the grass
and loses itself in the Sunset.



Crowfoot, a leader of the Blackfoot nation


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One of Jesus' favorite visual aids is a child.
Every time the disciples get into head games,
he puts a child in front of them.


— Richard Rohr in Everything Belongs

To Practice This Thought:
Let the little ones be your teachers.

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for haiku too :
Let the little ones be your teachers.


ko ni aku to moosu hito ni wa hana mo nashi

blossoms are wasted
on anyone who's fed up
with children


Basho, trans. Robin D. Gill


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Sabbaths 1999
by Wendell Berry

I dream of a quiet man
who explains nothing and defends
nothing, but only knows
where the rarest wildflowers
are blooming, and who goes,
and finds that he is smiling
not by his own will.



from Dancing with Joy: 99 Poems by Roger Housden

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a quiet man
writing his haiku
in silence



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Instead of condemning others,
strive to reach inner peace.

Keep silent, refrain from judgement.
This will raise you above the deadly arrows of slander, insult and outrage
and will shield your glowing hearts against all evil.


St. Seraphim of Sarov

St. Seraphim (born Prohor Moshnin) was born in 1759 to a merchant family in Kursk. At the age of 10, he became seriously ill. During the course of his illness, he saw the Mother of God in his sleep, who promised to heal him.

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Keep silent, refrain from judgement.
Write haiku, refrain from judgement.



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Your life is always working,
whether you know it or not.
Sometimes it works to bring you what you want,
and sometimes it works to keep you from what you think you want.

Neale Donald Walsch : Tomorrow's God

sometimes it brings you a haiku ...


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I hope its true -
a good word melts
the cold of this March



Hold Your Tongue
A Practice for Winter Harmony



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Reverence the highest,
have patience with the lowest.

Are the stars too distant,
pick up the pebble that lies at thy feet,
and from it learn the all.


Margaret Fuller
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Fuller



pick up the haiku that lies at thy feet


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true words aren't beautiful
beautiful words aren't true
the good aren't eloquent
the eloquent aren't good
the wise aren't learned
the learned aren't wise

the sage accumulates nothing
but the more he does for others
the greater his existence
the more he gives to others
the greater his abundance

the Way of Heaven
is to help without harming
the Way of the sage
is to act without struggling

daodejing #81
translated by Red Pine

http://www.duckdaotsu.org/jan07/ablution.html

(c)2007 lisbethwest
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the way of the haiku poet
is to write without words


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A person who, alone,
has seen something beautiful,
who has heard something harmonious,
who has tasted something delicious,
who has smelt something fragrant,
may have enjoyed it, but not completely.

The complete joy is in
sharing one's joy with others.



Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan
http://www.ruhaniat.org/lineage/HIKBio.php

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sharing joy
through a haiku -
spring sunshine


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The ego is a monkey catapulting through the jungle.
Totally fascinated by the realm of the senses,
it swings from one desire to the next,
one conflict to the next,
one self-centered idea to the next.
If you threaten it, it actually fears for its life.

Let the monkey go.
Let the senses go.
Let desire go.
Let conflicts go.
Let ideas go.
Let the fiction of life and death go.
Just remain in the center, watching.

And then forget that you are there.


huahuching number ten
translated by Brian Walker


(c)2006 - 2007 lisbethwest
http://www.duckdaotsu.org/jan07/positioning.html

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the monkey gone
at least for now ...
a few haiku


.......................... Monkey Haiku
http://indiasaijikiworlkhaiku.blogspot.com/2006/01/monkey.html


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Master Lu's Teachings

............................. The Child Inside

-Let the child live inside you , he is the primordial source of love and happiness.

-And how could I do that? I've asked.

-Clear out your mind from ballast.

-And how could I do that? I insisted.

-Don't think about advantage and loss,
about what is worth to achieve or not.
Be spontaneous just like the sea and the wind.


More of the teachings of Master LU is here
http://www.taopage.org/lu16.html

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the inner child
is at play - AND THEN
haiku arise



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The present is the only moment
that is truly ours,
and we ought to make use of it.

Blais Pascal

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and we ought to make haiku of it


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Even a happy life cannot be
without a measure of darkness,
and the word happy would lose its meaning

if it were not balanced by sadness.
It is far better to take things as they come along
with patience and equanimity
.

Carl Jung


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and with a haiku

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TAO

Those who wish to embody the Tao should embrace all things.

To embrace all things means first t
hat one holds no anger or resistance
toward any idea or thing,
living or dead,
formed or formless.
Acceptance is the very essence of the Tao.

To embrace all things means also
that one rids oneself
of any concepts of separation: male and female, self
and others, life and death.
Division is contrary to the nature of the Tao.

Foregoing antagonism and separation,
one enters into the harmonious oneness
of all things.

huahuching #3, translated by Brian Walker
http://www.duckdaotsu.org/jan07/sound.html

(c) 2007 lisbethwest

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Anxiety is the rust of life,
destroying its brightness and weakening its power.
A childlike and abiding trust in Providence
is its best preventive and remedy.


Tyron Edwards


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Spiritual Practise of the Day
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My Favorite Quotes to Enjoy with Haiku






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Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go instead where there is no path
and leave a trail.


Muriel Strode


In our haiku life, the trail is of course marked by haiku!

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If we are to achieve a richer culture,
rich in contrasting values,
we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities,
and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric,
one in which each diverse human gift
will find a fitting place.

Margaret Mead

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each human gift
each human haiku <>
full autumn moon


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The breezes at dawn
have secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep.

Jalaluddin Rumi
http://www.khamush.com/


If you are fast enough, you can catch the haiku they are trying to tell you !

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You may be capable of great things,
But life consists of small things.


Tao and Smallness
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/happyhaiku/message/2213

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Do not be small minded.
Do not pray for gourds and pumpkins from God,
when you should be asking for pure love
and pure knowledge
to dawn within every heart.

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
Great Swan by Lex Hixon


you might ask for a pure haiku once in a while ... :o)

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All sorrows can be borne
if you tell a story about them.

Karen Blixen


you can also write a haiku ...

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An autumn night -
don't think your life
didn't matter.


- Basho

More is here
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/happyhaiku/message/2268

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Don't be content with looking at a rose as beautiful flower.
Look at her with Love, so that she enters into your heart
and awakens other forces in your heart and soul.

Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov


and then, compose a haiku ...

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As one can see
when the eyes are open,
so one can understand
when the heart is open.



Hazrat Inayat Khan
The Bowl of Saki

http://www.katinkahesselink.net/sufi/saki.html


and so one can write haiku
when the mind is open

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Always be on the lookout
for the presence of wonder.


E.B. White
Charlotte's Web
http://www2.lhric.org/pocantico/charlotte/


and of course, for the presence of haiku

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Appreciation of life itself,
becoming suddenly aware
of the miracle of being alive,
on this planet,
can turn what we call ordinary life
into a miracle.

Dan Wakefield
http://www.danwakefield.com/


turn life into a miracle with your haiku !

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Be contented with what you possess in life;
be thankful for what does not belong to you,
for it is so much care the less;
but try to obtain what you need in life,
and make the best of every moment of your life.

Hazrat Inayat Khan
Gayan


Make the best of it, and make a haiku of it.

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Stillness within one individual
can affect society beyond measure.



And from this inner stillness, a haiku emerges ...

oo oo oo

So much of modern life is a feverish anticipation
of future activity and excitement.

We have to learn to step back from this
into the freedom and possibility
of the present.


Fr. Bede Griffiths


and within that freedom find our daily haiku.

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Any place is sacred ground,
for it can become a place of encounter
with the divine Presence.

David Steindl-Rast
A Listening Heart
www.gratefulness.org/brotherdavid/bio.htm

And

it can become a place of encounter wiht a haiku !

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There is within each of us a modulation, an inner exaltation, which lifts us above the buffetings with which events assail us. Likewise, it lifts us above dependence upon the gifts of events for our joy.

Dr. Albert Schweitzer


how very true.

The conditionless joy of every moment !
The conditionless joy of every haiku !


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As irrigators lead water where they want,
as archers make their arrows straight,
as carpenters carve wood,
the wise shape their minds.


The Buddha


a poet shapes the words <> Haiku

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Each minute of life
should be a divine quest.



Paramahansa Yogananda
http://www.yogananda-srf.org/py-life/


each minute of life
could be a quest
for haiku


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Aim at the sun and you may not reach it;
but your arrow will fly far higher
than if you had aimed at an object
on a level with yourself.

-- F. Hawes


aim your haiku high
so it will fly higher
and higher and higher


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Any kind of expectation creates a problem.

We should accept, but not expect.
Whatever comes, accept it.
Whatever goes, accept it.

The immediate benefit is
that your mind is always peaceful.



Sri Swami Satchidananda
http://www.yogaville.org/

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When a haiku comes to mind, accept it ...
When no haiku comes to mind, accept it ...

(and do not call it * writers block * with negative feelings)

coming and going <>
to the haiku mind
no difference

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The source of a true smile
is an awakened mind.
Smiling helps you approach the day
with gentleness and understanding.


Thich Nhat Hanh
Peace Is Every Step

The source of a true haiku ...

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We need a renaissance of wonder.
We need to renew, in our hearts and
in our souls, the deathless dream,
the eternal poetry,
the perennial sense that
life is miracle and magic.

-- E. Merrill Root (1895-1973)
American Writer

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in your haiku life,
every moment is
miracle and magic


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Just once,
everything, only for once.
Once and no more.
And we too, once.

And never again.
But this having been once,
though only once,
having been once on earth -
can it ever be cancelled?


Rainer Maria Rilke

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A haiku is only once. Only now. Only you.


Do not waste your words.
Do not waste your life.
Do not waste your haiku.


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The little things?
The little moments?
They aren't little.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

The little Haiku?
The short Haiku?
They aren't little !

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/happyhaiku/message/1244

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I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand.


-- Confucius (Chinese Philosopher) 551-479 B.C.

I compose a haiku
and
I know

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.. .. .. Freedom and Haiku
Musings by Gabi Greve, March 2005
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/happyhaiku/message/1266


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Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.

Robert Bresson

To make it visible, make a haiku about it.

the unseen
covered in words -
a new spring

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Happiness because...

You are not happy because you are well.
You are well because you are happy.
You are not depressed because trouble has come to you,
but
trouble has come to you because you are depressed.

You can change your thoughts and feelings,
and then the outer things will come to correspond,
and indeed there is no other way of working.

-- Emmet Fox

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there is a haiku because you are well
there is a haiku because you are depressed
there is a haiku because you are

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There are obviously two educations.
One should teach us how to make a living
and the other how to live.

-- James Truslow Adams

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there are also two ways to a haiku:
learn how to make a haiku
learn how to live a haiku life


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There is much satisfaction in work well done,
but there can be no happiness
equal to the joy
of finding a heart that understands.


-- Victor Robinsoll

That holds for haiku.
Sharing with friends who appreciate it, that is one of the joys of writing haiku.

Thanks to the Internet, these circles of friends are expanding rapidly !

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Aim at the sun and you may not reach it;
but your arrow will fly far higher
than if you had aimed at an object
on a level with yourself.

-- F. Hawes


http://www.clio.ne.jp/home/hara73/d33.htm

That is an interesting thought.
My Kyudo (Archery) Teacher would say:

.......................... Aim behind the target !

and the Kendo Teacher:

Batteling with five opponents, use your force as if they were seven.

Can we apply this to Haiku?

Write each haiku as if it was your last one !
There is no tomorrow to reach,

there is only NOW to write.

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........................................... my arrow flies
........................................... toward the sun

harukaze ya ...
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Nothing in the world is more valuable
than every moment of your life.


Hazrat Inayat Khan

if you come along such a valuable moment, a haiku is born.

every moment
a haiku is born <>
my precious life


................... here is a picture of a precious moment


CLICK for more photos


Thanks for the picture go to Andy Goldsworthy.
Reference : Andy

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Creativeness often consists of merely turning up what is already there.
Did you know that right and left shoes were thought up only a little more than a century ago?

Bernice Fitz-Gibbon


right and left
left right
where they belong


:o)

December 2004

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To the dull mind all nature is leaden.
To the illumined mind
the whole world burns and sparkles with light.


.. .. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
http://www.transcendentalists.com/1emerson.html


the world burns
and sparkles with light -
a haiku is born



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A bird does not sing because he has an answer.
He sings because he has a song.


Joan Walsh Anglund

http://womenshistory.about.com/library/qu/blquangl.htm

this moment
just came along my way <>
catch the haiku

.. .. .. this song
.. .. .. just hang in the air <>
.. .. .. catch the haiku

my beautiful mountains
covered in first snow <>
just catch the haiku

December 2004
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/happyhaiku/message/971


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Happiness makes up in height
for what it lacks in length.


Robert Frost

http://www.ketzle.com/frost/butterfly.html
http://www.ketzle.com/frost/


.. .. .. .. .. Haiku makes up in depth
.. .. .. .. .. what it lacks in length

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Oh, that my monk's robes were wide enough
to gather up all the people
in this floating world.

-- Ryokan, Zen monk
http://www.amie.or.jp/daruma/Ryokan.html


.. .. .. .. typhoon <>
.. .. .. .. in the folds of my robe
.. .. .. .. a bee hiding


My Typhoon Haiku
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/happyhaiku/message/303


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No Money, No Buy

Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied,
"I love to go and see all the things I am happy without."

Jack Kornfield
After the Ecstasy, the Laundry

I love to go and see for free (maybe some PHOTO shopping) .

all things
I am happy without
but haiku

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In the depth of winter,
I finally learned that within me
there lay an invincible summer.

Albert Camus (1913-1960)
http://www.levity.com/corduroy/camus.htm

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Little by Little

However much concerned I was at the problem of misery in the world,
I never let myself get lost in broodings over it.
I always held firmly to the thought that each one of us can do a
little to bring some portion of it to an end.


Albert Schweitzer

http://www.schweitzer.org/english/aseind.htm


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Life is not holding a good hand;
Life is playing a poor hand well.


-- Danish proverb


May all the jokers be haiku !

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Fear Less, Know More

Nothing in life is to be feared,
it is only to be understood.
Now is the time to understand more,
so that we may fear less.

Madame Marie Curie

http://nobelprize.org/physics/laureates/1903/marie-curie-bio.html


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half moon half stone
eternity written in
sand

Photo Gallery of Japanese Zen Gardens
All photographs by Frantisek Staud

http://www.phototravels.net/kyoto/zen-gardens-index.html


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Living and Existing

The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.


-- Jack London

http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/London/

Writings of Jack London
http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/London/Writings/

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Making Mistakes

The sages do not consider that making no mistakes is a blessing.
They believe, rather, that the great virtue of man lies in his ability to correct his mistakes and continually make a new man of himself.


-- Wang Yang-Ming (1472-1529) Chinese Philosopher


Ahh, he was a good friend in my youth, studying Chinese Philosophy at Heidelberg University...

http://www.wisdomportal.com/Enlightenment/WangYangMing.html
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/eastasia/wangyang1.html

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What lies behind us and
what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to
what lies within us.

-- William Morrow


Within us are all the haiku of the universe.

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Writing Excellent Haiku

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation.
We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence,
but rather we have those because we have acted rightly.
We are what we repeatedly do.


Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

-- Aristotle

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Here is just a short quote taken a bit out ouf context from a Buddhist teaching:

... you may find yourself wanting to do all sorts of things that do not bring happiness, just to fill up time somehow.
A fear of boredom kicks in and so one starts chasing all sorts of promises of happiness to the point that one never really comes home to oneself to acknowledge the riches within.

--- By Lama Shenpen Hookham
http://www.ahs.org.uk/sanghaspace/


Never write a haiku just to fill up some time.
Haiku is one of the riches within, you have to find it there
and let it surprise you from within.

.. .. .. .. .. .. snowing again <>
.. .. .. .. .. .. a rich heart
.. .. .. .. .. .. keeps me warm




http://worldkigodatabase.blogspot.com/2006/07/snow-yuki.html

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QUOTE : Tao and some advise on writing
QUOTE : Taoism, the concept of Ziran
QUOTE * Tao is at hand
QUOTE : TAO Day 108, April 17

QUOTE : sharing one's joy Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

QUOTE : make visible Robert Bresson

QUOTE : Happiness is ...

QUOTE : in your own way

QUOTE : what you are and what you are not

QUOTE : from Gandhi

QUOTE : can turn your view of life

QUOTE : attention attention attention

QUOTE : Participate joyfully Joseph Campbell

QUOTE : the happiness of others Paramahansa Yogananda

QUOTE : the number of breaths

QUOTE : two ways Albert Einstein

QUOTE : hold infinity ... William Blake

QUOTE : smiling Persian proverb

QUOTE : the dew of little things Kahlil Gibran

QUOTE : roses and thorns Hazrat Inayat Khan

QUOTE : Criticism and how to deal with it

QUOTE : what makes you come more alive Lawrence LeShan

QUOTE : choose peace Karen Casey


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Make friends with your fears.





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Do you remember the things
you were worrying about a year ago?
How did they work out?
Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy
on account of most of them?
Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?


Dale Carnegie

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Worry a little bit every day
and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years.
If something is wrong, fix it if you can.
But train yourself not to worry.
Worry never fixes anything.


Mary Hemingway


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"When I run away from the monster,
the monster gets larger,
but the nearer I get to it,
the smaller it becomes."



. A monster called "what might happen" .


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In my mind's eye
I invite my fears into my loving embrace.
I acknowledge the protection
my fears have offered me in the past.

As I recognize the power of love within me,
I no longer need the protection of my fears.
I gently release the fears and invite in
the strength and courage of my inner power.

I see myself going through my day fearless,
knowing that the power of love protects me.


source : Positive Thoughts


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Anxiety is the rust of life,
destroying its brightness
and weakening its power.
A childlike and abiding trust in Providence
is its best preventive and remedy.


Tyron Edwards


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We never encounter a mountain greater than doubt.
Doubt is a deceiver.
It is as a thief in the night.
Remove it,
do not let it come nigh your dwelling.


Frater Achad


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The only limit to our realization of tomorrow
will be our doubts of today.
Let us move forward
with strong and active faith.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt


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Fear is a question:
What are you afraid of, and why?
Just as the seed of health is in illness,
because illness contains information,
our fears are a treasure house
of self-knowledge if we explore them.


Marilyn Ferguson


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It is not that you must be free from fear.
The moment you try to free yourself from fear,
you create a resistance against fear.
Resistance, in any form, does not end fear.

What is needed,
rather than running away or controlling
or suppressing or any other resistance,
is understanding fear;
that means, watch it, learn about it,
come directly into contact with it.

We are to learn about fear,
not how to escape from it,
not how to resist it through courage and so on.


J. Krishnamurti

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The most important thing that we can do about our fears is to acknowledge them, and then take steps to understand them and their sources.

Once we take this step, we can work to overcome them. Fears are our way of keeping ourselves "safe," but the safety brought about by fears is the false safety that we could get by locking ourselves alone in a small room for the rest of our lives.

We wouldn't ever catch the flu again or get hit by a car or face rejection, but we also never would grow into the people we were meant to be.

t. walsh

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Anxiety is the rust of life,
destroying its brightness and weakening its power.
A childlike and abiding trust in Providence
is its best preventive and remedy.


Tyron Edwards

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I embrace my fears with love
and release them

into the light


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