Haiku, Zen and the Eternal Now

A workshop for anyone interested in haiku and Zen Buddhism

perched
upon the temple bell
the butterfly sleeps
Buson

The interactive workshop will examine the influence of Zen on the ancient Japanese form of haiku poetry, explain how the two have come together and why Zen has relevance to writing haiku for even those who have little understanding of Zen philosophies.

“Hopefully this workshop will demystify some Zen elements to bring greater depth and sharper focus to writing English language haiku. Understanding or embracing Zen is not a prerequisite for writing wonderful haiku but even a little contact can expand horizons and help writers take haiku beyond simple commentaries on nature.”

on cannon’s muzzle
butterfly slowly opens
and shuts its wings.*

Saturday, 12 April from 1-4:30 pm.
South Golden Beach Hall.
Tuition- $40/$30 for dp members
Booking essential contact Lynne Kelson- 66805068
Tutor: Jacqui Murray

Poet, reporter, historian, editor of the haiku magazine, Paper Wasp, Jacqui Murray has been writing haiku for many years. In that time she has been an international haiku judge, co-ordinated the JAL World Childrens’ Haiku Contest in Australia and has been widely published.

*Haiku adaptation by Jacqui Murray of an Amy Lowell- World War One poem