"Every stroke of my brush is the result of energy deepest in my heart." Sengai
a frog farting -this too is thevoice of Buddha Sengai
Soen Nakagawa Roshi (1907 - 1984) was known to conduct 'tea ceremonies' using instant coffee and Styrofoam cups.
May 1938'Looking for serenityyou have come to the monastery.Looking for serenityI am leavingthe monastery.Kwatz!Stop running about seeking!The dusty affairs of the worldfill the day,fill the night.' SoenNakagawa
On his travels, Soen Nakagawa Roshi liked to pick up pebbles from the different countries he visited and place them in a bag. Swinging the bag around, he would listen to the sound they made.
Who says my poems are poems?My poems are not poems.When you know that my poems are not poems,Then we can speak of poetry. RyokanTaigu (1758 - 1831)
At duskI often climbTo the peak of Kugami.Deer bellowTheir voicesSoaked up byPiles of maple leavesLying undisturbed atThe foot of the mountain Wild peoniesNow at their peakIn glorious full bloom:Too precious to pickTo precious not to pick O lonely pine!I'd gladly give youMy straw hat andThatched coatTo ward off the rain ORCHIDDeep in the valley, a beauty hides:Serene, peerless, incomparably sweet.In the still shade of the bamboo thicketIt seem to sigh softly for a lover