Haiku for Mahayana Buddhism?

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Haiku for Mahayana Buddhism?

Postby smith123 » Sat Aug 20, 2011 5:59 am

Zen influenced Haiku poems, Haikus are 17 syllable poems. Typically, 5 syllables for first line, 7 syllables in the second line, and 5 syllables in the 3rd line. Traditionally a haiku presents a pair of contrasting images, one suggestive of time and or a place, while the other is vivid, ephemeral observation. Help me write a haiku! Let's see who can write the best relating to Mahayana Buddhism!

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Re: Haiku for Mahayana Buddhism?

Postby deff » Sat Aug 20, 2011 6:18 am

i remember when i was young, in elementary school, and we had to write haikus

i wrote this one without knowing the buddhist significance of it:

what if life's a dream
where nothing is what it seems
i want to wake up

(something along those lines)

many years later when i got into buddhism and philosophy i made the connection and thought it was neat :smile:
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Re: Haiku for Mahayana Buddhism?

Postby Astus » Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:01 am

this life is a dream
nothing can be grasped or seen
where do you wake up?
"There is no such thing as the real mind. Ridding yourself of delusion: that's the real mind."
(Sheng-yen: Getting the Buddha Mind, p 73)

"Neither cultivation nor seated meditation — this is the pure Chan of Tathagata."
(Mazu Daoyi, X1321p3b23; tr. Jinhua Jia)

“Don’t rashly seek the true Buddha;
True Buddha can’t be found.
Does marvelous nature and spirit
Need tempering or refinement?
Mind is this mind carefree;
This face, the face at birth."

(Nanyue Mingzan: Enjoying the Way, tr. Jeff Shore; T2076p461b24-26)
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Re: Haiku for Mahayana Buddhism?

Postby White Lotus » Mon Aug 29, 2011 1:31 pm

clouds, trees,
all i see is empty.
right here right now typing.
in any matters of importance. dont rely on me. i may not know what i am talking about. take what i say as mere speculation. i am not ordained. nor do i have a formal training. i do believe though that if i am wrong on any point. there are those on this site who i hope will quickly point out my mistakes.
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Re: Haiku for Mahayana Buddhism?

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:34 pm

7=5=7 is only in base 10.
If you write haiku in base 3 it's 12-21-12:

A day on Mars will stretch the five second food rule,
The blooming of a garden rose is missed by the snail who blinks at the very same time,
Haiku’s meter thus warped when composed in base three.
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Re: Haiku for Mahayana Buddhism?

Postby Basho » Mon Sep 05, 2011 4:53 am

counting syllables
trying to make a haiku
guess iv'e missed the point.
An Autumn night---
Dont think your life
didnt matter
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