Monthly Archives: March 2013

I’ve mastered “Kōgō”… but what’s all this about “kizoku”? Seeking Bodhisattva status.

I was taking a walk late Sunday afternoon when, turning a corner, I was surprised as the new spring sun hit my face and I could feel its warmth on my cheeks.   I emerge The sun strikes my face. … Continue reading

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We go up to come back down

This past weekend I exited a friends apartment and saw how beautiful the city looked at night during a light snow. A light snow silently falls in the city   One of the concepts we covered this week, the Bodhisattva … Continue reading

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Week 6:The Order of Here and Now

Week 6: The order of here-and-now By Songwha Choi I was walking in front of the student center in the evening when I noticed that the streetlight was reflecting bright light. Winter night— A standing streetlight Reflecting light   In … Continue reading

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Here and Now

no poem this week. The Narrow Road to the Deep North  was particularly impressive because of Basho’s simple yet incredibly expressive way of describing his simple feelings and interactions with the nature.  Still having Saikaku’s A Women Who Loved Love and  the … Continue reading

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The Bodhisattva Cycle

By Michael Chu On Sunday morning, I was lying on bed and didn’t want to wake up until I heard the bird chirp. Bird’s call— Draws From rest   According to Basho, the only way to perceive the unchanging and … Continue reading

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The Moment of the Here and Now

Driving down the highway in New Jersey in the evening, with flakes of snow furiously blown into the windshield. Illuminated by headlights Streaks of snow Fly.   [No image posted this week]   One of the things that struck me … Continue reading

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The Order of Here and Now

Nothing this week.   I enjoyed reading Bashō’s poems this week, though I wish we had read them earlier because I think they would have really helped me construct my own weekly poems. That said, it’s good that we have … Continue reading

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The Mirror Self, Emptiness, and Compassion

  Saturday I went to the Fells and climbed to the top of this hill of huge boulders; I sat still and watched the tall evergreen trees slowly swaying.   Trees Breaking through the winter sky, Alive.   I was … Continue reading

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Basho impersonated a member of the cloth because Sora was into that sort of thing.

Yesterday, around evening, it suddenly went from a warm sunny day with flurries to a cold damp rain, and I became morose.   I remember the soft snow drifting down through the sunlight before the sky went dark   I … Continue reading

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Seeking Enlightenment

Sarah Marakos   When I was walking home one night while the sun was setting, I was standing near Carmichael Hall on a part of the hill where you can see pretty far off into the distance. The last glimpse … Continue reading

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