Author Archives: peterjohnstill

…from the Zen Forest…

Out in front of the garden, the moon shines bright,
but the pine tree has no shadow…
Outside of the railings the wind is still,
but you can hear the bamboo…

- – - from the Zenrinkushu

…zori!!!…

…on preparing to travel – with kasa and zori…

Basho is leaving -
and after his death,
the years have no end…

- – - Buson

…some waking up haiku, renku, kanbun and waka…

The First Dream of the Year

The year’s first dream:
still in my nose -
the heart of what it is to be a flower…

- – - Chiyo Ni

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…some haiku and kambun on ‘the Way’, the road, the path…

…spring rain…
…in a gap between the trees you can see
a trail that goes to the sea…

- – - Otsuji

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Seeing a temple
at the turn in the trail
and all those wild crysanthemums!

- – - Shiki

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The twittering of birds and the voices of insects -
completely communicate the secrets of the mind:
the intelligence of flowers and the color of grasses
are none other than studying books of the Way…
a learned man perceives the essence clearly
and his heart hears the bright-jeweled sound:
whatever he touches, his heart can handle…

- – - from the Saikontan

On martial learning and acting (2) – Suzuki, Kigaku, Budo, Shugyou

…a conversation between Kimbal Anderson Sensei and Dwayne Blackaller of Boise Contemporary Theater about the classical Japanese budo practices preserved in Suzuki acting training – and about the intersecting philosophies of the traditional Japanese martial arts and contemporary theater practice .  A student of a student of a student of Tesshu talking to a student of a student of Marcel Marceau.  The conversation is  here.

…from the Sand and Pebbles Collection…

the fresh
sprouting reeds
in the burned over field
are  a “mandala”!!!
- so the people say – - -

- – - Muju

- Haiku by Soin Nishiyama –

we’ve translated some haiku by the poet SOIN Nishiyama (1605-1682) – - -
Soin was a great influence on Basho, and we think he should be better known:

Being in this world
Is like a butterfly alighting -
However things may be…

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So distant from this scattered world -
The cold evening moon.

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…ume no hana!!!…

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…some haiku, renku and kambun about bamboo…

a stand of bamboo
blown about by the winter rain – -
what an evening!

- – - Seisei

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Fallen blossoms -
just like scattered paper now!!!…
…my bamboo broom…

- – - Buson

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Falling water……
and behind the bamboo water-chute…a cricket sings…
…Sokaku-ji…

- – - Onitsura

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…apple-blossom time!!!…

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