Posts Tagged ‘ Alan Watts ’

Kenny Garrett Quartet feat. Kenny Kirkland Jazz Baltica

taoism  – The story of the Chinese farmer — Alan Watts

In a talk about Taoism called Swimming Headless, Alan Watts shared with his audience the parable of the Chinese farmer.Once upon a time, there was a Chinese farmer who lost a horse. Ran away. And all the neighbors ca

Source: The story of the Chinese farmer

Alan Watts on the meaning of life

“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”

– Alan Watts

Alan Watts Translating Haiku Part 2 of 2

ECOLOGY WITHOUT NATURE: Alan Watts Latour Litany

ECOLOGY WITHOUT NATURE: Alan Watts Latour Litany.

Haiku Missionary: An Annotated Response to Alan Watts’ “Haiku” by Michael Dylan Welch at Graceguts

Haiku Missionary: An Annotated Response to Alan Watts’ “Haiku” – Graceguts.

Alan Watts – Haiku (PHILOSOPHICAL DISCOURSE series)

Alan Watts on haiku

1.  artlessness – looks like a work of nature

2.  excels in the virtue of knowing when to stop (the secret of art and of life)

3.  zen-inspired

– complete lack of the inessential

– astonishing directness

– no ideas, beliefs, doctrines or symbolism

– haiku and zen share same view that is a moment of intense perception; vivid

4.  life reveals itself most plainly when you do not clutch at it — touch and go

5.  everything is momentary

6.  mooshin – state of no mind

7.  not reactions but an integral part of the experience

8.  literary form

– 17 syllables*

– in current season

– of flowers, trees, insects, animals, festivals, landscapes

– a strict form to see how much can be done with so little

– tension is created between the rigidity of the form and the depth of the poetic feeling; haiku    is the practice of restraint:

– suggests, doesn’t describe

– indicates, does not explain

– involves reader’s imagination

– restraint prevents showing off

– primativity and unfinishedness of expression that is socially understood

– the reader is almost as important as the poet—both share the same poetic

experience that  is never explicitly stated

– listener must be in the know about life, of the thusness  of things, not of their    goodness or badness but of their concrete thingyness

– the quality of thusness

* clarification: Japanese and English languages of course are not equivalent in syllabication. So, it’s better to count the duration of a full breath in and out. Some American haiku poets write poems that last for a breath. – yours truly, df

“Modern civilization is a dangerous, insane process — destructive of man’s natural potential, murderous to other species of life, symbol addicted, anti-life. Drop out of the social game.” Part 2 of 4 / Occupy Wall Street Library

Issa’s Untidy Hut: Advice for Aspiring Writers: Neil Gaiman Quoting Alan Watts

Issa’s Untidy Hut: Advice for Aspiring Writers: Neil Gaiman Quoting Alan Watts.

Bashō’s Road » Blog Archive » norbert blei / variations on basho’s frog

Bashō’s Road » Blog Archive » norbert blei | variations on basho’s frog.

My favorite variation is Alan Watts’s instantaneous “plop” because I will never be able to pry apart the frog and that old pond – they are one. I’d like to add another for which I have a fondness – a collaboration by Jan Walls and myself, and the colophon for this blog —

A frog looks around

leaps into ancient waters

word pond

~ delighted thanks to Lilliput Review for diving deep into the Bashō’s Road archives