Tag Archives: Ryokan

Poem – To Zen Master Ryokan

The great fool’s voice echos through empty hallways and into the grand chamber where the king sits in disobedience listening with half a heart while the other disappears into darkness.

Poetry Month – Poems by Ryokan

Selections 4 and 5 for National Poetry Month. These two poems of Zen Master Ryokan are from Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf, Zen Poems of Ryokan, translated by John Stevens. Untitled If someone asks My abode I reply: “The east edge of The Milky Way.” Like a drifting cloud, Bound by nothing: I just let […]
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Poem by Zen Master Ryokan

Another year lingers to an end; Heaven sends a bitter frost. Fallen leaves cover the mountains And there are no travelers to cast shadows on the path. Endless night: dried leaves burn slowly on the hearth. Occasionally, the sound of freezing rain. Dizzy, I try to recall the past – Nothing here but dreams. ~ […]
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2013 Poetry Month #9 – One Robe, One Bowl

Today’s poems are from the collection “One Robe, One Bowl – The Zen Poetry of Ryokan”, published in 1997 by Weatherhill. I have posted and written about Zen Master Ryokan, born around 1758 in Japan, a few times on this blog, and want to continue sharing his writing and wisdom. His work cuts through any […]
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Senzing Zen

This blog will officially move to its new domain in a few days.  The logo has been updated along with the header image.  The website, www.senzingzen.com has the following meaning: The sensing and feeling of the energy and dynamism of Zen. In my recent studies of various philosophies and schools of thought, I keep coming […]
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Reading and writing

To help with my writing funk, I’ve been reading a lot more than usual.  And that advice is always given to writers: read more.  Read different genres or subjects than what you are writing about.  This helps to expand your mental awareness and give a larger pool of ideas and images to the mind and […]
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On Writing Poetry

I’ve spent most of the weekend reading a book titled “Sky Above, Great Wind”, the life and poetry of Zen Master Ryokan.  Out of the zen masters I have read, I am finding his teaching to be uncluttered, using only the words that are needed to show the path.  His poetry is sparse, honest, self-depracating, […]
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