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haikaiTALKS: a saturday gathering! 11th november - Shoshin - beginners's mind

haikaiTALKS: Japanese aesthetics - shoshin - a saturday gathering_under the banyan tree


host: Kala Ramesh

11th November 2023


Japanese aesthetics: Shoshin - beginners's mind

Shoshin (初心) is a word from Zen Buddhism meaning "beginner's mind." It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would. The term is especially used in the study of Zen Buddhism and Japanese martial arts.


As adults our prior knowledge blocks us from seeing things anew. To quote zen master Shunryo Suzuki, “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”

How much more appropriate can it become in haikai writing! Another exciting week ahead!!

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First post: You search and find a haiku that has shoshin - beginners's mind.

You'll give your reason/s why you think it has this aesthetic nuance. Second post: This will be your first haiku with shoshin


Third post: This will be your second haiku with shoshin

Please give your feedback on others' commentary and poems too. _()_

Have fun! Keep writing and commenting!

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Jharna Sanyal
Jharna Sanyal
2023. nov. 20.

post 3/20.11 twinkling stars still I wonder

what they are! Jharna Sanyal Kolkata,India Feedback welcome (any shoshin spirit here?)

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Keiko Izawa
Keiko Izawa
2023. nov. 16.

#3


self-edit:


unsubmitted résumé

the line spaces filled

with my breath

original:


unused old résumé

the line spaces filled

with my breath


Keiko Izawa, Japan


feedback appreciated.

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Keiko Izawa
Keiko Izawa
2023. nov. 17.
Válasz címzettje:

You’re welcome, Eavonka.

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marilyn ashbaugh
marilyn ashbaugh
2023. nov. 16.

#2 15/11/23 feedback please


flying high

on a kite's tail

laughter


Marilyn Ashbaugh, USA

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marilyn ashbaugh
marilyn ashbaugh
2023. nov. 16.
Válasz címzettje:

Thank you, Keiko! It took me awhile to rediscover my shoshin. 🪁

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Sandip Chauhan
Sandip Chauhan
2023. nov. 14.

#2 - 11/14/2023 Revised - em dash removed, thanks Eavonka chasing butterflies with my grandson i am a child Sandip Chauhan USA *** chasing butterflies with my grandson— i am a child Sandip Chauhan USA feedback welcome

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Sandip Chauhan
Sandip Chauhan
2023. nov. 14.
Válasz címzettje:

Thank you, Keiko!

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Adelaide Shaw
Adelaide Shaw
2023. nov. 14.

Post 2


Post 2

final thanks to all who commented


frosted morning

window to window

squinting

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frosted morning

window to window

squinting from the glare Not sure if I want from the glare in L3 Maybe just squinting


Comments welcomed


Adelaide B. Shaw

USA


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Válasz címzettje:

The speaker could be squinting from as many things as one could write scenarios, so I do not feel it’s redundant..

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