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A Zen Wave
by Robert Aitken | Religion & Spirituality
Registered by keithpp of Farnborough, Hampshire United Kingdom on 1/26/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by keithpp from Farnborough, Hampshire United Kingdom on Monday, January 26, 2009

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'Zen Buddhism does not pervade the cosmos. It presents essential nature universal mind but it does so as a particular teaching. Confusing the specific teaching with its vast and undifferentiated subject is a trap that has caught several tigers.' -- Zen Master Robert Aitken

'When your consciousness has become ripe by true zazen pure like clear water, like a serene mountain lake, not moved by any wind then anything may serve as medium of enlightenment.' -- Yamada Koun Roshi

A study of the haiku poetry of Basho by Zen Master Robert Aitken.

Basho was a Master of haiku poetry.

Haiku poetry is a highly structured and formal Japanese poetry. It is a line of seventeen syllables, split into three parts of five syllables, seven syllables followed by five syllables and usually rendered as three lines.

The old pond;
A frog jumps in -
The sound of water.

Zen Master Robert Aitken who submitted a Master's Dissertation on Basho in 1950 entitled Basho's Haiku and Zen, sees the haiku poetry of Basho as an insight into Zen. Being very carefully to define neither.

Each chapter covers a single haiku. It is translated literally and literary. Followed by a commentary on both the form and meaning, followed by a verse of poetry on the meaning by Robert Aitken.

Walk in the mountains a little before dawn. The sun does not gradually appear, it suddenly explodes before us.

In plum-flower scent
Pop! The sun appears
The mountain path.

In is spring time. The air very cold, crystal clear.

Awareness is not a gradual process, it suddenly pops into our consciousness.

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