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#4123 - Monday, January 3, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee

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Here are some old Japanese Haiku about New Year's

(translations by R.H. Blyth):

The Great Morning

Winds of long ago

Blow through the pine-trees.

-- Onitsura

(The "Great Morning" was an ancient Japanese term for the
morning of New Year's. )


New Year's Day:

The beginning of the harmony

Of Heaven and Earth.

-- Shiki


New Year's Day;

Nothing good or bad,-

Just human beings.

-- Shiki


That is good, this too is good-

New Year's Day

In my old age.



New Year's Day also

Has come to its close,

With the sounding bell.

-- Hakki


New Year's Day;

Whosoever's face we see,

It is care-free.

-- Shigyoku


The First Day of the Year:

I remember

A lonely autumn evening.

-- Basho


New Year's Day:

The desk and bits of paper,-

Just as last year.

-- Matsuo


New Year's Day:

My hovel,

The same as ever.

-- Issa


New Year's Day:

What luck! What luck!

A pale blue sky!

-- Issa

New Year's Day

I do not hate

Those who trample on the snow.

-- Yayu


The dawn of New Year's Day;


How far off!

-- Ichiku


The first dream of the year;

I kept it a secret,

And smiled to myself.

-- Sho-u


The smoke

Is now making

The first sky of the year.



[Blyth's commentary on this last haiku is: "No smoke, no sky; no sky, no smoke.
But Issa does not think this. He knows, somehow or other, that the smoking rising
and forming the first sky of the year has a meaning that can be expressed only
by pointedly saying nothing about it."]

All quotations are from Haiku Volume 2: Spring by R.H. Blyth. Tokyo: The
Hokuseido Press, 1981

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Vermont, 3 photos by David Hodges

Half Empty of What?

If I am holding a cup of water and I ask you, "Is this cup empty?" you will say,
"No, it is full of water." But if I pour out the water and ask you again, you may
say, "Yes, it is empty." But, empty of what? . . . My cup is empty of water, but it
is not empty of air. To be empty is to be empty of something. . . . When
Avalokita [Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion] says that the five
skandhas are equally empty, to help him be precise we must ask, "Mr. Avalokita,
empty of what?" The five skandhas, which may be translated into English as five
heaps, or five aggregates, are the five elements that comprise a human being. . . .
In fact, these are really five rivers flowing together in us: the river of form,
which means our body, the river of feelings, the river of perceptions, the river
of mental formations, and the river of consciousness. They are always flowing in
us. . . . Avalokita looked deeply into the five skandhas . . . and he discovered that
none of them can be by itself alone. . . . Form is empty of a separate self, but it
is full of everything in the cosmos. The same is true with feelings, perceptions,
mental formations, and consciousness.

_Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of Understanding

Do Not Be Dualistic

Do not be dualistic. Truly be one with your life as the subtle mind of nirvana.
That is what subtle means. Something is subtle not because it is hidden, nor
because it is elusive, but because it is right here. We don’t see it precisely
because it is right in front of us. In fact, we are living it. When we live it we
don’t think about it. The minute we think about it, we are functioning in the
dualistic state and don’t see our life as the subtle mind of nirvana.

_Maezumi Roshi, "Appreciate Your Life"

Buddahood does not happen by being made to happen. It is unsought and
naturally indwelling, and so is spontaneously present. Rest nonconceptually in
this effortless, naturally abiding state.

- Longchepa

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