Seek what they sought

At the end of the 20th century the poetry art of the Japanese Haiku* was almost over. Overruled by established schools, of which each claimed to know the final rules on lease, haiku had become the domain of a literary elite who wrote poetry according to a formula. Hardly anybody remembered the famous advice given by the poet Matsuo Basho to a pupil:

“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought”.

From ‘Seeds From a Birch Tree’, by Clark Strand.

**Haiku as an art form is a close ally to the discipline of Miksang Contemplative Photography. What both disciplines have in common is the experience of sensory perceptions as a means to uninhibited creative expression. Practicing to receive and perceive the directness and vividness of our daily world without interpretation from what we already know and the tendency to name, landing in our natural space of inherent creative source of not-knowing.

Photo ©Hèlen A Vink, July 23 2106, Amsterdam

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