Category: ZenGarden

Plum Blossom and Moon

Plum Blossom and Moon

This brief collection of plum blossom haiku celebrates the “Winter Gentleman”. In the art of Chinese painting, the “Four Gentlemen” are plum blossom, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum. The order of these flowers agrees with their corresponding seasons: winter, spring, summer and fall. In addition to their importance in Chinese painting, the Four Gentlemen, also called […]

Basho’s Lilies – A New Way of Seeing

Basho’s Lilies – A New Way of Seeing

Basho’s haiku about lilies consists of only three short lines, containing a few brief words. Those of us who love this haiku have discovered that it gets deeper and more meaningful on each consecutive reading. Try memorizing it, and starting or ending your day with it. Try saying it when you’re on the verge of […]

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