Winter Sesshin: The Silence of Haiku

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Silence is for freedom and for being together. Haiku is in service of the silence—it expresses restraint and vastness at the same time. Haiku poets often had many nicknames under which they published their poems. Jesse Cardin Roshi gives the evening words, Jordan McConnell and Amaryllis Fletcher play the Boundless Vows. As recorded February 5, 2022.

Summary

Poet Anna Swir: Always, silence and light carry us…

Silence is for freedom and for being together. The Dao wrote the storyline and you can’t explain it.

Haiku is in service of the silence—it expresses restraint and vastness at the same time.

Haiku poets often had many nicknames under which they published their poems, like pen names or dharma names. Poets gathered for haiku parties where they wrote as many haiku as they could before the incense burned out. They made up their wonderful names at such parties.

The poet Shiki had 100 haiku pen names.

 

 

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