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    Haibun

    Hi all

    This is a haibun (a combination of prose and haiku first developed by Matsuo Basho, especially in his book The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Oku no Hosomichi)) I just had published in Blithe Spirit, the journal of the British Haiku Society.

    I hoped it might be appreciated here:

    Zazen

    First light. With fumbling hands, I reach for matches. Striking one, I wait for the initial burst of flame to die down, then gently place it tip to tip with a stick of Japanese incense for a few seconds. The stick is thin and around six inches long, fragile enough to need careful handling so as not to break. As it catches light, the tip begins to glow, and I note the familiar aroma of sandalwood and jasmine enter my nose, slowly raising it to touch my forehead in a sign of respect. Again, with slow deliberate movements, I place it fully upright in a bowl of earth and take my seat on the cushion.

    mountain lake
    the mist clears
    breath by breath



    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -too ill to sit at the moment-
    Last edited by Kokuu; 12-15-2018 at 04:27 PM.
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    Congratulations Kokuu! Really beautiful.

    Gassho, Shinshi

    SaT-LaH
    空道 心志 Kudo Shinshi
    I am just a priest-in-training, any resemblance between what I post and actual teachings is purely coincidental.

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    Treeleaf Unsui Shugen's Avatar
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    Gassho,

    Shugen

    Sattoday/LAH
    Meido Shugen
    明道 修眼

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    Lovely Kokuu, thank you sharing. =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    Sat/LAH
    RINDO SHINGEN
    倫道 真現

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    Kokuu, that is so beautiful. Congrats on publishing. I've never seen that form before. Haibun -- love it! Very much appreciated indeed.

    Gassho
    Byōkan
    sat + lah
    Please take my words with a big grain of salt. I know nothing. Wisdom is only found in our whole-hearted practice together.

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    thanks, Kokuu. and metta..



    aprapti

    std/lah

    Let silence take you to the core of life

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    Thanks Kokuu, beautiful

    gassho, Shokai

    stlah
    仁道 生開 - Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    May we all grow together in our knowledge of the Dharma

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    Beautiful, Kokuu. Thank you for sharing.

    Gassho
    Washin
    Kaido (有道) Every Way
    Washin (和信) Harmony Trust
    ----
    I am a novice priest-in-training. Anything what I say must not be considered as teaching
    and should be taken with a 'grain of salt'.

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    As usual, you bring the reader right to the moment, even when you are unable to sit. Sharing the aroma of sandalwood and the clearing mist with you dear Kokuu.

    Gassho,
    Jakuden
    SatToday/LAH
    清 道 寂田
    SEIDO JAKUDEN
    I am a novice priest. Any resemblance my posts may have to actual teachings about the Dharma, living or dead, is purely coincidental (and just my attempt to be helpful).

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    Treeleaf Unsui / Engineer Sekishi's Avatar
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    Sekishi
    #sat #breathbybreath
    sekishi
    石志

    As a novice priest-in-training, this is simply an expression of my opinion. Please take it with a grain of salt.

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    This was lovely.

    Gassho
    Hoseki
    Sattoday/LAH

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    Kokuu,

    light, visual and evocative.
    thank you.

    Gassho,

    Anne
    ~st~

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