A selection of Buddhist poets.
|Ryokan||Thich Nhat Hahn|
Buddhism has provided a unique source of spiritual poetry since the life of Lord Buddha in approximately 6th Century BC. Gauatama the Buddha did notactually write anything down, but his teachings were later writen down by his close disciples. These teachings have formed an important basis for Buddhism
Buddhist poets in the Zen tradition have developed a short Haiku style of poems. These poems express revealing truths with the minimum of words. This compactness of language is designed to focus the mind of the reader beyond his ordinary intellect to the “Buddha -nature” which is beyond words.
” as a flower blown out by the wind
goes to rest and cannot be defined
so the wise man freed from individuality
goes to rest and cannot be defined.
gone beyond all images-
gone beyond the power of words “
From: Sutra Nipata
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