Haiku for Mahayana Buddhism?

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Haiku for Mahayana Buddhism?

Post by smith123 »

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?

Post by deff »

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?

Post by Astus »

this life is a dream
nothing can be grasped or seen
where do you wake up?
1 Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

2 If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

3 Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

4 With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.

1 Huangbo, T2012Ap381c1 2 Nirvana Sutra, T374p521b3; tr. Yamamoto 3 Mazu, X1321p3b23; tr. J. Jia 4 Yongjia, T2014p395c14; tr. from "The Sword of Wisdom"
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Re: Haiku for Mahayana Buddhism?

Post by White Lotus »

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?

Post by PadmaVonSamba »

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.
An inward outlook develops outward insight.
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Re: Haiku for Mahayana Buddhism?

Post by Basho »

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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