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photo friday: climate

A nipping wind!

tearing into the rock,

the voice of water.

                  ~Buson*

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*cited:

Haiku Master Buson

Yuki Sawa

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photo friday: high tech

if seen by day

a firefly

is just a red-necked bug 

               ~Basho

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photo friday: mirror

 

Unknown spring –


Plum blossom


Behind the mirror

                                                             ~Basho*

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*cited in:

http://thegreenleaf.co.uk/hp/basho/00bashohaiku.htm

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photo friday: spacious

green rolling fields

voice of spring

a robin’s song

spacious

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photo friday: delicious!

Seeing one finger, hearing a frog jump into the water, experiencing the sunrise, washing one’s face in the early morning – anything will serve as a medium of realization if the mind is serene*

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*source:

A Zen Wave

Robert Aitken

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photo friday: end of summer

Beneath a tree,

autumn wind shows itself

in a single leaf.

                                ~Junkaku*

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*cited:

Haiku before Haiku

Trans: Steven D Carter

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photo friday: on the road

They sowed a whole field,

And only then did I leave

Saigyo’s willow tree. ~Basho*

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In 1684 Basho set out on a journey that occasioned the first of five narratives that stand as milestones in his career…Of the five travel diaries describing his journeys, the last, Oku no Hosomichi, written in 1689, is not only the best but is considered one of the major texts of classical Japanese literature.*

*source: 

The Narrow Road to Oku

Trans: Donald Keene

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photo friday: structure [of time]

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Dogen-zenji  said, ‘Time goes from present to past,’ This is absurd, but in our practice sometimes it is true. Instead of time progressing from past to present, it goes backwards from present to past. Yoshitsune was a famous warrior who lived in medieval Japan. Because of the situation of the country at that time, he was sent to the northern provinces, where he was killed. Before he left he bade farewell to his wife, and soon after she wrote in a poem, ‘Just as you unreel the thread from a spool, I want the past to become present.’ When she said this, actually she made time present. In her mind the past became alive and was the present. So as Dogen said, ‘Time goes from present to past.’ This is not true in our logical mind, but it is in the actual experience of making past time present. There we have poetry, and there we have human life. (33)*

source:

*Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Shunryu Suzuki

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photo friday: distance

The distant mountains

in your eyes

Mr. Dragonfly ~ Issa*

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*cited:

Inch by Inch  45 Haiku by Issa

Trans:  Nanao Sakaki

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photo friday: machine

Machine: (verb)

  1. tools: instrument, mill, mechanize, motorize, sharpen
  2.  process: convert, carve, chisel, mine, extract, refine, cultivate, harvest

Word associations “machine”

 tool >  instrument ( window latch) > refine one’s sheltered thoughts > open self to  the mines of others > harvest universal understanding

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People usually fail when they are on the verge of success.

So give as much care to the end as to the beginning.

Then there will be no failure. ~Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching

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