Sunday, May 25, 2008 Five Points in Buddhist practice

Don't forget to checkout the latest entry in dailyzen's monthly journal, "Five Points in Buddhist practice" by Suzuki Shosan (1579 –1655)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Haiku: Link Collection

Here are some of my favorite internet resources on haiku.

Haiku Resources and Techniques. Yeah, right, techniques. Yup, for Haiku. I know what you think, but even the shomon guys including Basho used lots of techniques.
HAIKU TECHNIQUES Jane Reichhold is one of the great articles on the resources site.
6000 Haiku of Issa. He really was a workaholic.
MSN-Mainichi Daily News: Haiku. Selected new Haiku from around the world.
The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words. Because imho three lines with no kigo are no haiku.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Haiku: Shomon I and II. Bashos Disciples.

Here in germany we've got two incredible books about Bashos ten great disciples, including Kikaku, Kyorai und Ransetsu. They are compiled and commented by Prof. Dr. Ekkehard May. I've read a lot about Haiku over the last two years, but i've never seen such a remarkable understanding about the edo period and haiku. May critizises lots of other translators and commentators, even the old japanese ones. If you do understand the german language, you'll really enjoy those two books.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

at the brooks

beneath the stone -

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Audio: San Francisco Zen Center Dharma Talks

Just found out that the San Francisco Zen Center has lots of its Dharma Talks online.


Monday, April 14, 2008

Personal: Meditation with timers

Last Week i started using meditation timers on my mp3 player at zazen. and i must say it kind of improves my practice. By setting a goal for the duration of the meditation time its more likely that i'm sitting the whole period i wanted to. in the first week i jumped between 30 and 40 minutes per day. hope i can continue at this pace. on days where i'm not home before midnight i've got some doubts...

btw you'll find meditation timers here.

happy practicing


Sunday, April 13, 2008

Historical Buddha, Misogynist?

An article about the controversial view of the shakyamuni on the role of women in the sangha at Thats one of the points that always bothered me the most. But maybe it just shows that even the buddha at this time had some more steps to take.