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Of Haibun & Tarot

Haibun is a form of contemplative reflection using prose accompanied by haiku poems that can stand on their own.   Ken Jones (1930-2015), a seasoned Zen Buddhist practitioner and master writer of Haibun and Haiku leaves us with a wealth of wisdom and work concerning this expressive art. When working a Haibun, Ken Jones reminds us to, “write only when you are strongly moved,… Read More

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September Song

Ever notice how when autumn dawns the summer sun begins to shine cooler? Same sun just a little cooler. Less warmth in the air felt as the wind-swept ocean loses its calm more than yesterday… I find myself trying to focus the mind to stand still with the kind of effort which causes me to stop and wonder, why I’m trying so hard. In an instant… Read More

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The Bonfire: A Tribute to Kunikida Doppo

The Bonfire, by Kunikida Doppo (1871-1908) Many years ago, I read Kunikida Doppo’s short story, The Bonfire, and fell in love with his writing. Written like haiku, in length it is a slice of poetic verse; a story dense with unforgettable imagery. I found this translation online, listed as a work in Public Domain. After reading this version, once again I was inspired by… Read More

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Reflections of A Golden I : Lent

  Lent: Make It Relevant This is a time of year when our Inner Monk cries out for attention. It is the season of hibernation, of contemplation and reflection. A time to consider retreat and rest from the activities of the world. We give ourselves space from the desert we’ve been living, so we can turn and find nourishment in the cell of our… Read More

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Pauses: A Book of Hours, Flipbook

Pauses: A Book of Hours, Flipbook   In the Middle Ages, little prayer books like this were lavishly illustrated, leather bound, sacred, and secretly kept from public view. One attended to God in the quiet cell of one’s heart; paying respect and pausing to contemplate and meditate on the seven canonical hours: Vigils, Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers with Compline, throughout the… Read More

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Of Galway, Rice, & Haiku

A Recipe For Haiku  On a frosty Saturday morning, Galway wakes to the bustle of traffic and the food market vendors setting up shop.       cider in glass jars… listening to men speaking in tongues Tourists and residents parade the sidewalks while canoe-ers canoe the rapids of Galway’s canal. river run, down-stream the paddle of blue and orange By 11:30 am street… Read More

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Haiku

Haiku Haiku poems consist of no more than two images written in very few words. Tiny poems recited in the present tense, emotional yet never sentimental, without the use of rhyme or metaphor. Contemplative haiku experiences, when they arise, are as spontaneous as they are unpredictable. Arising in relationship to nature, haiku maintain their purity, mystery and delight, because what arises is captured in… Read More

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