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 buddhism.about.com. 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.


Saturday, April 12, 2008

Audio: Recommended Talks at audiodharma.org

The Recommended Talks at audiodharma.org cover Meditation Fundamentals and the Four Noble Truths & the Eightfold Path. All talks were held by Gil Fronsdal. There is also a list of all audio files. Quite an impressive collection.


Friday, April 11, 2008

Haiku: abandoned rail (March 2007)

abandoned rail -
a fresh breeze carries
dandelion seed

Audio: Jack Kornfield Talks at diydharma.org

The guys at diydharma.org have some interesting talks online, including some by Jack Kornfield
diydharma sangha describes itself as "a community of freaks, geeks, queers, rebels, outcasts, stream-enterers and their friends, who meditate together in the Buddhist tradition."


Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Audio: Mindfulness Meditation Course with Gil Fronsdal

Funny thing that i recommend a podcast that was my last recommendation before the one-an-a-half-year hiatus of this blog.
But over at Zencast theres a nice 6 Part Mindfulness Meditation Course with Gil Fronsdal that you shouldn't miss.

Here it is

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Audio: Dharma Seed now as Podcast

The huge collection of dharma and retreat talks at Dharma Seed is now available as a podcast. This is great news. The collection over there is very impressive.

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Monday, April 07, 2008

Personal: Blogging Again

Well its been a long long time since the last post here. After a very unfrequent schedule of meditation in the last one or two years i finally went to a sesshin earlier this year. two days full of zazen and kinhin. It was great.

So now im trying to sit more regular and it looks like its working. I don't have much time early in the day. in the morning i often meditate for just 10 minutes or don't sit at all. Usually i sit late in the evening between nine and eleven a little longer. I've got a long way to my workplace so there is time for audiobooks and traditional ones. i'm still reading the excellent german translation of the Shobogenzo by Gudo Wafu Nishiyima.

Btw: I enjoyed reading Brad Warners second book. its even about the Shobogenzo! Cool stuff.

Thats it for now. ill post as often as i can.