Poetry has always been associated with the Buddhist teachings, from the Dhammapada, which is attributed to the Buddha himself, to the songs of the great Tibetan sage, Milarepa, to the poetry of the wandering Zen monks of China and Japan. In this class, we will continue this tradition with a day of sitting and walking, sharing poems that speak to our dharma practice, and composing our own poems in the simple form of haiku as we connect with nature and the present moment. Instruction and exercises will be draw from the book “Seeds from a Birch Tree: Writing Haiku and the Spiritual Journey” by Clark Strand. Poems will be shared anonymously so there will be no need for self-consciousness or stress! Participants should bring a notebook and pen or pencil, cushions for sitting if desired, and a short poem they find meaningful to share. Food is available for purchase offsite, but a sack lunch is recommended for convenience. Beginners are welcome.
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