Haiku and Meditation: Three Saturday sessions led by Wendy Watkins

Haiku © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.Haiku and Meditation:
Three Saturday sessions led by Wendy Watkins on
15th February,
29th February,
and 14th March (10.30-11.30am)

Haiku is a spiritual form of poetry, first started with Zen Buddhist monks in Japan. It is valued for its simplicity, openness, and depth, and emphasises being in the moment. In these sessions, there will be a reading of one haiku followed by a short period of silent meditation, then another haiku and another silent period, resulting in six haikus and short meditations, lasting for one hour in total.

Apart from the readings, the sessions will be held in silence.

Any discussion may take place over tea afterwards.


Haiku © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.Image: Autumn Ivy
Ogata Kenzan, ( 1663–1743), Japanese,

Born into Kyoto’s cultured merchant class, Kenzan was best known for his ceramic wares but was also a highly regarded calligrapher. Kenzan’s individualistic, expressive inscription of a poem referring to future winds scattering crimson leaves of ivy, recalls a famous scene from the tenth-century Tales of Ise (Ise monogatari), in which a courtier, exiled from the capital, encounters an itinerant monk on an ivy- strewn path on Mount Utsu.

Kakaru shimo
waga aki naranu
matsukaze y
chiru o urami no
tsuta no momijiba

Though not yet
winds through the pines
blow all around
and I dread they’ll scatter
the crimson leaves of ivy.
–Trans. John T. Carpenter

With thanks to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Buddhism in Totnes.

 



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