Sunday Haiku/(Not) Haiku #4

Well here we are again with me posting some haiku when I can grab a minute from my schedule. Things are going pretty full on around ole sleepy Suffolk at the moment but it's keeping me out of mischief (kinda, anyway). As you will be able to tell, I've been hit square in the face … Continue reading Sunday Haiku/(Not) Haiku #4

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Sunday Haiku/(Not) Haiku #4

Hi everyone, let me start with an apology for the radio silence over the past couple of weeks. I am currently midway through the first month of an Ango period in my zen practice. What this means is that I am in full concentration mode (for want of a better phrase) towards by Buddhist study. … Continue reading Sunday Haiku/(Not) Haiku #4

Friday Haiku/Not Haiku #15

Ha, ha! After last weeks sojourn into Saturday Haiku (grumble, grumble......not the right day for it etc, etc) I'm back by dope demand with Friday Haiku. It just feels......so much.......more natural. However the strange thing is, I received a good few submissions in response to the Saturday Haiku and so of course I have included … Continue reading Friday Haiku/Not Haiku #15

The Lost Art of Remembrance

I guess like quite a few western practitioners of zazen I take Bodhidharma's statement about zen to heart. He sets out its essence as:- "A special transmission outside the teachings Not depending upon words and letters; Directly pointing at the human heart Seeing into its nature and becoming Buddha." Thus to be honest my generalised … Continue reading The Lost Art of Remembrance

Sunday Haiku/(Not) Haiku #3

Hey everyone thanks for all your kind words about Zen Lessons From A Flock of Seagulls, to be honest it received far more traction than I was expecting but I guess I'd gotten out of the habit of writing. I'd forgotten what it what like to enjoy the process so much and I'd forgotten (God forbid) … Continue reading Sunday Haiku/(Not) Haiku #3

Zen Lessons From A Flock of Seagulls

So it's my first zen posting for a while. There is a bit of typical Neilio zen insight towards the end honest. Or maybe I just felt like chatting about seagulls. I don't know, I'm a mystery to myself, let alone other people. So, I was minding my own business meandering around a local farmer's … Continue reading Zen Lessons From A Flock of Seagulls

Friday Haiku/(Not) Haiku #14

Summertime and the living is easy..............................well of course it's not, the heat is smothering me, work is mental and I can't snatch time for a thought. But, but, but.......................................... Of course I can, because whilst out with a recovering Duster today I sat down and watched the farmers reaping the rapeseed and composed today's haiku. … Continue reading Friday Haiku/(Not) Haiku #14

Sunday Haiku/(Not) Haiku #2

Hi everyone, this week has been a week defined by the breaking of the freak heat wave at the hands of an unnamed maniac storm. Usually I would be piqued at the fact and bemoan the lashing that the house and garden were receiving from yet another Suffolk "blower", but I'm going to break character … Continue reading Sunday Haiku/(Not) Haiku #2

Danse Macabre at the Tour de France

"Galibier et Tourmalet (Tour de France, Tour de France) En danseuse jusqu'au sommet (Tour de France, Tour de France) Pédaler en grand braquet (Tour de France, Tour de France) Sprint final à l'arrivée (Tour de France, Tour de France)" - Kraftwerk Oh Kraftwerk, you wacky, wacky Germans. You kill me every summer you really do. … Continue reading Danse Macabre at the Tour de France