Haiku is not only the poetry of nature but also the poetry of the spiritual nature.
At Carpe Diem we are going to explore the spiritual background of haiku and tanka.
This episode of “Namaste” is titled spiritual love based on Zen Buddhism and our love for nature.
Zen is a Japanese word translated from the Chinese word Chan, which means “meditation”.
Zen uses meditation to help practitioners go beyond simply thinking about Zen. The goal in Zen is to attain satori. This Japanese word translates as “enlightenment“.
Photo Credit Japanese Buddhist monk from the Soto Zen sect
It emphasizes Shikantaza, meditation with no objects, anchors, or content.
The meditator strives to be aware of the stream of thoughts, allowing them to arise and pass away without interference.
Dogen, the founder of Soto in Japan, emphasized that practice and awakening cannot be separated.
Haiku is an expression of direct experience, and the poem should provide at least a hint about the season of the year, often in just one word called a kigo.
My tanka based on the learnings in Zen Buddhism using the photo above as the vision, my love of nature.
midday sunlight in the sky
cooling down slowly
body full of caring spirits
memories of a vision