Written for:  Carpe Diem #1290 spiritual way – Haiku’s state of mind – zen

[…] “To start with I have a haiku in which one of the most important issues of Zen Buddhism, Emptiness, is mentioned and with that haiku I hope to start this episode of Namasté and bring it to a great end.

an empty bowl
but in it is the spirit of emptiness –
the spring breeze

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

This is the “heart” of haiku …. emptiness …. based on the ideas and thoughts of Zen Buddhism, but in haiku it’s not only “emptiness” it is also “selflessness”, “loneliness”, “wordlessness”, “simplicity” and “grateful acceptance”. And of course there will be more to say, but that is not possible in the shallowness of this episode …” […]

Emptiness … I think every haiku (or tanka or other Japanese poetry form) needs that. It makes your poetry stronger and your reader will be feeling one with the haiku, because it’s the only thing on a page he reads … how much more stronger do you want to make the emptiness?

boundless world
the tranquil gardens of the temple
I empty my mind
to make room for another thought
emptiness is cool

one empty bowl
thrown away in the sink
the faint scent of tea
as I empty the kettle –
time for coffee

© Chèvrefeuille

Here is my attempt:

silent, accepting
simple ways of living
in the here and now


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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