Monday, 30 April 2018

現代俳句 April 2018

By Rory A.A. Hinton













April 2018

Sunday April 01, 2018
Old marble
Buddha heap.
White wind

Monday April 02, 2018
Sixty four
More years.
Plus six

Tuesday April 03, 2018
Knot pain
Butt ache.
Body talk

Wednesday April 04, 2018
Sadly sitting
Alone now.
Best plan

Thursday April 05, 2018
One month
Moves on. 
Off time

Friday April 06, 2018
Steady work
Out problems.
Checking out

Saturday April 07, 2018
Thinking clouds
Forming slowly.
Gently floating

Sunday April 08, 2018
Enough of 
Enough is.
Enough now

Monday April 09, 2018
Begin kinhin
Again anew.
Quiet carpet

Tuesday April 10, 2018
Changing muscle
Memory challenge.
Loosening up

Wednesday April 11, 2018
Schedule stopped
Suddenly shortened.
Home leaver

Thursday April 12, 2018
Single road
Warrior man.
Breaking off

Friday April 13, 2018
Slack day
Break gossip.
Binge purge

Saturday April 14, 2018
Expensive surprise
Package delivery.
Daily limit

Sunday April 15, 2018
Diva Maria
Callas forever.
Sacred monster

Monday April 16, 2018
Trojan horse
Power virus.
Clean again

Tuesday April 17, 2018
Office nudge
Away politics.
Stay remote

Wednesday April 18, 2018
Cloaked black
Robe face.
Get up

Thursday April 19, 2018
Alarm clock
Ticking off.
Get down

Friday April 20, 2018
Under ground
Level standing.
Daily decisions

Saturday April 21, 2018
No more
Like me. 
This is

Sunday April 22, 2018
Welcoming thoughts
Bidding goodbye.
Floating aimlessly

Monday April 23, 2018
Better late
Never land.
Scribal uploads

Tuesday April 24, 2018
Painfully numbing
Sensation continued.
Noticeable movements

Wednesday April 25, 2018
Minor editing
Words matter.
Another release

Thursday April 26, 2018
Fake fire
Side chat.
Good night

Friday April 27, 2018
Always on
Schedule it.
Never waver

Saturday April 28, 2018
Sitting fire
Place cushion.
True enough

Sunday April 29, 2018
Late night
Zazen enough.
Sitting upright

Monday April 30, 2018
Waka poetry
Continues on.
For Dōgen

Sunday, 1 April 2018

和歌 April 2018

By Rory A.A. Hinton



Sunday April 01, 2018 (036)
The same old refrain:
"...once asked by a monastic..."
The more that things change,
the more they remain the same.
Is this the family secret?

Sunday April 01, 2018 (037)
In boundless style
the Vulture Peak blossom blinks.
Nirvāṇa smiles
as Bodhidharma's eyes both
open and close without lids.

Monday April 02, 2018 (038)
Xuefeng likes to steal
from Xuansha, as they both
turn the dharma wheel
with all the burning buddhas,
throwing fire back and forth.

Tuesday April 03, 2018 (039)
There is no virtue
either to lose or to gain.
But there is virtue
to gain by losing virtue
like Jingqing and Mingjiao.

Tuesday April 03, 2018 (040)
The bowl from Tibet
is singing for blind Baoshou.
The bowl from Tibet
is sitting on its zafu.
The mallet is struck by it.

Wednesday April 04, 2018 (041)
Answer the pillar
when it asks: What do you say?
Say: Ask the pillar.
If you do not understand,
then you do not understand.

Thursday April 05, 2018 (042)
It has always been
right here, and also right there.
Everywhere is seen
traveling its pilgrimage.
Moon over monastery.

Friday April 06, 2018
A blanket of snow
covers the fresh springtime grass.
The winter wind blows
most of the birds back down south.
One bird remains. Shivering.

Friday April 06, 2018 (043)
Only a serpent
cuts snakes into two pieces.
Only the servant
of Guizong sees where he cuts
through the silent lecturer.

Saturday April 07, 2018 (044)
Sitting and preaching
the word without any words.
Preaching and sitting
still after all of these years.
Expression. Enjoyment. Ease.

Saturday April 07, 2018 (045)
The singing bowl’s mouth
opens wide to the heavens.
West, East, North, and South:
it sings in all directions
an unnecessary song.

Sunday April 08, 2018 (046)
Zhaozhou’s residence
is a peaceful dwelling place.
The yang and yin dance
within this balancing point
to the point of exhaustion.

Sunday April 08, 2018 (047)
Enough is always
enough: saying less is more.
Enough is the Way
to be loyal to others.
Enough of this already.

Monday April 09, 2018 (048)
While he was teaching
Xuefeng received a letter.
While he was reading
this empty piece of paper,
Xuansha received Xuefeng.

Tuesday April 10, 2018 (049)
Zazen and kinhin
are indistinguishable.
Kinhin and zazen
distinguish themselves,
walking on Dongshan's mountain.

Wednesday April 11, 2018 (050)
Shilou’s shortcomings
are very long suffering.
He’s always showing
just how much he is at fault.
Shilou bows and hits himself.

Thursday April 12, 2018 (051)
He once had a wife
whom he loved in his fashion.
Now he lives his life
without gain and without fame,
walking on Wang's single road.

Friday April 13, 2018 (052)
Breathing through the pain
is a painless occurrence.
No loss and no gain
to single minded sitting.
The fish is busy swimming.

Saturday April 14, 2018 (053)
Nothing to transmit.
Empty words pointing nowhere.
To humbly submit
this for consideration
is to take the forward step.

Sunday April 15, 2018 (054)
Mazu’s skillful whisk
swats at the blind words between
Baizhang’s flapping lips,
and shouts at the empty space
between Baizhang’s two deaf ears.

Monday April 16, 2018 (055)
Practicing because
no one sees and no one knows.
If not, then the cause
of fragmentation remains.
The dharma body is one.

Tuesday April 17, 2018 (056)
Bodhidharma is
the gift that keeps on giving.
The giving is his,
along with the gift given:
he hits the sitting platform.

Wednesday April 18, 2018 (057)
Silent sitting is
the doing of not doing.
Pure purposelessness.
Wise enough to be clumsy?
There is no source to speak of.

Saturday April 21, 2018 (058)
Nothing to reflect
on and on questions are asked.
With all due respect,
"this not turning back to look"
looks like no answer at all.

Saturday April 21, 2018 (059)
Knowing not knowing.
This is don't know mind showing.
Showing not showing.
This is body-mind knowing
beyond the Buddhadharma.

Sunday April 22, 2018 (060)
How high should it be?
Looking up and looking down.
Seven or eight feet:
the height of affirmation.
This can also be looked at.

Sunday April 22, 2018 (061)
The teaching ended
when Guishan turned to the wall.
Dharma so splendid!
The water in the basin
is the tea within the bowl.

Sunday April 22, 2018 (062)
Gaining complete death
before one actually dies.
With each passing breath
the living dead disclose it.
There is nothing to achieve.

Sunday April 22, 2018 (063)
The balancing point
points to nothing that's attained.
What then is the point?
The incense burns either way,
whether it's offered of not.

Sunday April 22, 2018 (064)
This water bearer
pours out air through his nostrils.
The fatal error
is in mystifying this
as a poetic symbol.

Sunday April 22, 2018 (065)
Time never arrives
too early neither too late.
Time always survives
flavored discrimination
for the time being it is.

Monday April 23, 2018 (066)
There is no outside.
Enter in through the out gate.
There is no inside.
Exit out through the in gate.
Light the lamp and burn the gate.

Monday April 30, 2018
Counting the letters
that she sent to me back then.
Counting the letters
that made up all of her words.
Only memories remain.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

現代俳句 March 2018

By Rory A.A. Hinton













March 2008

Thursday March 01, 2018
Living within
Future means.
Vested options

Friday March 02, 2018
Niagara barrel
Chest falling.
Made mist

Saturday March 03, 2018
No body
Calls now.
Zeit sein

Sunday March 04, 2018
Two more
Waka poems.
Three hundred

Monday March 05, 2018
Rotating artis
Hinton hints.
So legislate

Tuesday March 06, 2018
My fiftieth
Mission cap.
Post reacto 

Wednesday March 07, 2018
Daily thirty
Rock roll. 
Fall over

Thursday March 08, 2018
Setting strict
Standard routine.
Tricky marine

Friday March 09, 2018
Brain bomb
BOOM bust.
Not thinking

Saturday March 10, 2018
Body mind
Less pain.
Sit through

Sunday March 11, 2018
Zen hermit
Monastic man.
Xiangyan’s grave

Monday March 12, 2018
Sat through
Writing well.
Well well

Tuesday March 13, 2018
New birthday
Wish sending.
Knew renewal

Wednesday March 14, 2018
First complete
Release cycle.
API reply

Thursday March 15, 2018
Fixing broken
Link problem.
Silent solution

Friday March 16, 2018
Boss man
Age limit. 
Follow bliss

Saturday March 17, 2018
Towering zafu
Posture perfect.
Real ideal

Sunday March 18, 2018
No rest
Day time.
Being B

Monday March 19, 2018
Singing dragon
Song dynasty.
Withered skull

Tuesday March 20, 2018
Expert presenting
Present tense.
Writers write

Wednesday March 21, 2018
Absorb document
Hacking away. 
View sonic

Thursday March 22, 2018
Late night
Stout out.
Party crashers

Friday March 23, 2018
Early morning
Burger hangover.
Naked nonexistence

Saturday March 24, 2018
Do dwell
Well now. 
Embody it

Sunday March 25, 2018
Sitting shaking
Silently sifting.
Shape shifting

Monday March 26, 2018
Be detached
Doing zazen.
Crooked man

Tuesday March 27, 2018
Singing bowl
Bows slowly.
Perfect pitch

Wednesday March 28, 2018
Old hermit
Helps Linji.
Crazy monk

Thursday March 29, 2018
Many poems
Appear today.
Ancient love

Friday March 30, 2018
Gould plays
Mozart sonata.
Not Bach

Saturday March 31, 2018
Ready player
Won already.
Rush 2112

Friday, 2 March 2018

和歌 March 2018

By Rory A.A. Hinton












Friday March 02, 2018
This less isn’t more.
Your so-called attention is
a half-opened door,
swinging very carelessly.
Open up or shut this down.

Saturday March 03, 2018 (012)
Sitting and saying:
you can't stain what's not sustained.
Saying and showing
the wisdom that is not taught.
Knowing beyond the Buddha.

Sunday March 04, 2018 (013)
Swallow Touzi’s moon.
Spring, summer, fall, and winter,
it’s never too soon
to spit these old numbers out:
three and four, seven and eight.

Sunday March 04, 2018 (014)
Interdependence.
Sagan’s billions and billions
continue to dance.
This should not be our concern.
Gassho and be done with it.

Monday March 05, 2018 (015)
The pearl of great price.
Repeating repetition
is a demon’s vice.
Repeating repetition
as Jesus and Xuansha nod.

Friday March 09, 2018 (016)
For the time-being
Heidegger’s Being And Time
asks about beings.
Both Germany and Japan
answer with myriad things.

Saturday March 10, 2018 (017)
How was it? It was.
Be Zen being Zen without
explaining the cause.
As a hermit monastic
I sit beside Xiangyan’s grave.

Saturday March 17, 2018 (018)
The land deity.
The bowl of rice offering.
This intimacy.
Practice coming and going
tracelessly right on the spot.

Saturday March 17, 2018 (019)
Ordinary mind
full of present emptiness.
There’s nothing to find
here, so stop describing it
by remaining nostril deep.

Monday March 19, 2018 (020)
Sit still all day long
and chop the earthworm in two.
Sing the dragon song
and stop the buddha in you.
Du should not have responded.

Wednesday March 21, 2018 (021)
Be intimacy.
Wisdom wisely seeks wisdom
beyond secrecy.
Beneath, between, and behind,
nothing gained nor lost is found.

Thursday March 22, 2018 (022)
Oranges singing
on the top of the apples.
Banana sitting
on the bottom of the bowl.
Linji's fruitless offering.

Saturday March 24, 2018 (023)
Plowing the rice field.
Watering old Guishan's seeds.
The high and low yields
nothing extraordinary.
Ordinary mindlessness.

Monday March 26, 2018 (024)
Sitting and shitting
the annihilating fire.
Shitting and setting
the daily record crooked.
Cucumbers grow in the mud.

Monday March 26, 2018 (025)
The silent discourse.
The hidden activity.
Serving the main course
by showing and by saying
next to nothing here at all.

Tuesday March 27, 2018 (026)
Immovable sounds
are heard in the silent forms.
No conflict is found
inside of the golden head.
The birds nest on top of it.

Tuesday March 27, 2018 (027)
Huangbo hits and hits
and hits nothing essential.
This dead tree stump sits
ceaselessly practicing still.
Linji strikes the final blow.

Wednesday March 28, 2018 (028)
Stop mystifying
the facts with deadening poems.
The dragon’s howling
roars in this withering tree
of life for the time-being.

Thursday March 29, 2018 (029)
Life is intimate.
Death is intimate.
He taps and he hits
every possible coffin.
Daowu passes, and remains.

Thursday March 29, 2018 (030)
Going and coming.
Not staying and not leaving.
Laughing and crying.
All of this happens right here.
Caochan has no change to spare.

Thursday March 29, 2018 (031)
Neither achievement
nor enlightenment is sought.
What old Deshan meant
is found while facing a wall.
Nothing more nor less is hit.

Thursday March 29, 2018 (032)
Self left on the shelf.
Nostrils keep on breathing as
the wind fans itself.
It’s as stale as it is fresh.
The autumn leaves are falling.

Thursday March 29, 2018 (033)
Nothing here to lack.
Having left their house and home,
monks do not bow back.
Emperors pay their respect,
falling and rising at once.

Friday March 30, 2018 (034)
Private irony
and public utility.
This intimacy
is hidden and is open
to all who know how to smile.

Saturday March 31, 2018 (035)
The sitting platform
always stands with folded hands
revealing true form.
Touzi's ten bodies are one
and two: sacred and profane.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

現代俳句 February 2018

By Rory A.A. Hinton













February 2018

Thursday February 01, 2018
Chip away
Stone cold.
Cork screw

Friday February 02, 2018
Up early
Enough now.
Next hour

Saturday February 03, 2018
Private practice
Reclusivity me. 
Settling down

Sunday February 04, 2018
Driving daisies 
Blooming fully. 
The women

Monday February 05, 2018
Day after
Loss love. 
Family man

Tuesday February 06, 2018
Not ready
Steady going.
Version won

Wednesday February 07, 2018
New start
Up side. 
Down time

Thursday February 08, 2018
Brother son
Sister moon.
Being guides

Friday February 09, 2018
Clear work
Day time.
Thin line

Saturday February 10, 2018
Scratch small
Itch irritation. 
Skin aflame

Sunday February 11, 2018
Dull transcribing
Science research.
Privileged problem

Monday February 12, 2018
Sub version
One access.
Files flowing

Tuesday February 13, 2018
Disciplined work
Embodies practice.
Physical persistence

Wednesday February 14, 2018
Probably me
Giving up.
Last end

Thursday February 15, 2018
New bear
Like sky.
Old bye

Friday February 16, 2018
Document hack
Her memories.
Coming back

Saturday February 17, 2018
Physical distance
Delayed gratification.
Tolerantly tentative

Sunday February 18, 2018
Pushing politics
Away already.
Only drudergy 

Monday February 19, 2018
Good pop
Tunes time.
Condo coffee

Tuesday February 20, 2018
The greater
Good end. 
Start again

Wednesday February 21, 2018
Still feeling
Fragile smile.
Under state

Thursday February 22, 2018
Settled in
Side show.
One month

Friday February 23, 2018
Queen’s key
Sushi meal.
Every week

Saturday February 24, 2018
Week end
Rest days.
More words

Sunday February 25, 2018
Confusing word
Rhyming man. 
Not necessarily
.
Monday February 26, 2018
Daily processing
Processes pro. 
Getting there

Tuesday February 27, 2018
Royal touring
Around grounds.
Queen Victoria

Wednesday February 28, 2018
Living beyond
Means well. 
Morning after

Thursday, 1 February 2018

和歌 February 2018

By Rory A.A. Hinton

February 01, 2018
Befriending great death.
Because of her life, I am
in her fateful debt.
The three-fold vow led us here:
from above, now so below.

February 03, 2018
It's probably me.
I also hate to say it,
but it's true. You see
clearly, I am still loving
desperately beyond my reach.

February 08, 2018
I gaze at your face.
The whole night through, you help me
embrace this cool place.
I would go out of my mind,
but for your yeshé cholwa.

February 10, 2018
Intimate Merton.
The story's in the Storey?
I'm not so certain.
The damaged glory is found
in the posthumous journals.

February 17, 2018
Profound treasury.
The no-man in no-man's-land:
writing irony.
Riding the three vehicles
simultaneously free.

February 19, 2018 (010)
It is just like this:
Bodhidharma is always
coming to his bliss.
Don't try to keep this in mind.
Qingyuan brings all this out.

February 24, 2018 (011)
Discrimination?
This is a confusing word.
The Third Ancestor?
He is a confusing man.
Sit down. Stand up. Disappear.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

現代俳句 January 2018

By Rory A.A. Hinton










January 2018

Monday January 01, 2018
Wisdom hint
On mission.
Climbing up

Tuesday January 02, 2018
Cold coffee
Grounds me.
Useless fan

Wednesday January 03, 2018
New role
Play game.
Same old

Thursday January 04, 2018
Silent friends
Reference me. 
Triple checking

Friday January 05, 2018
Cold without
Heat within. 
Head feet

Saturday January 06, 2018
Dim scorpio
Horns blow.
Frozen snow

Sunday January 07, 2018
The messenger
Returns response.
Enlightened trick

Monday January 08, 2018
Moving forward
Taking risks.
Life itself

Tuesday January 09, 2018
Two boys
Lie down. 
Die phone

Wednesday January 10, 2018
Marathon man
Surviving transit.
Lounge acting

Thursday January 11, 2018
Violently sick
Sounds scary.
No privacy

Friday January 12, 2018
Aching body
Resting still.
Comedy coffee

Saturday January 13, 2018
Movie going
Showing magic.
Crowd sourcing

Sunday January 14, 2018
Mumbling woman
Beside myself.
Temporary guest

Monday January 15, 2018
Back to
Fact act.
One week

Tuesday January 16, 2018
Transcribing words
Recorded reports.
Honest employment

Wednesday January 17, 2018
Very least
Lines lost.
Keep on

Thursday January 18, 2018
Next two
Last call.
The girls

Friday January 19, 2018
Late night
Walk her.
Last man

Saturday January 20, 2018
Hard work
Pays off. 
So proud

Sunday January 21, 2018
Old hermit
Age well. 
Less less

Monday January 22, 2018
Remote working
Independently me.
Another company

Tuesday January 23, 2018
Seasoned pro
Vision revision.
Network work

Wednesday January 24, 2018
Chilly climate
Control charm.
Change course

Thursday January 25, 2018
Mourning rage
Against her.
Soon gone

Friday January 26, 2018
First week
One done.
Beer cheer

Saturday January 27, 2018
Corn flakes
Falling down.
Break fast

Sunday January 28, 2018
Forgotten dreams
Haunting nightly. 
Instantly appear

Monday January 29, 2018
Process ease
Into applications.
Learning curves

Tuesday January 30, 2018
One little
Big change.
So grateful

Wednesday January 31, 2018
Purposely processing
Processes process.
Personal patience