Haiku 10/8:

traffic roars by

where I sit sipping hot tea

a part not apart

Today reading Hamill in Poetry of Zen on Dogen’s sitting.  Buddha-mind arises “only through deep spiritual communion between sentient beings and the Buddha.”

The stress is not on the content of the sitter’s mind but on her openness to the between.

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Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Portland OR and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. His blogs include poemswithoutborders.com He can be reached at tom.develyn@comcast.net. D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at http://tdevelyn.com and other sites.

5 thoughts on “Haiku 10/8:”

  1. This reflection and haiku–sort of haibun?–is challenging and engaging. I have reread it several times. I keep stumbling over the last line of teh haiku. The resemblance of the juxtaposed ‘part’ and ‘apart’ seems to undermine the process of ‘self’ opened to all other sentient beings. And yet perhaps this is the genius of it–the self is NOT completely dissolved, rendered completely porous–althogh I know almost nothing about Buddhism and perhaps Buddhist perspectives would hold that teh self *can* be dissolved this way in the world?

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    1. I’m hoping the answer to your shrewd question is in the situation sketched by the poem. In the Christian way, contemplation of God does not separate us from the finite beings we are by dint of being created. Love for the other is the fulfillment of the Law.

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    1. Hard-headed Brit,? No: you like the scene but not the context of the scene. I’m aware of this bloc: it is typical of modernism. A sort of split between sentiment and reason. That said, you are my most loyal reader John so thanks for this!

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