Ikkyu Haiku.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 19, 2009
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When I was a child my mom gave me a book of haiku by Ikkyu. He was my favorite through the years, though I liked Kerouac’s a great deal, too (check out Pomes all Sizes). The below haiku is perfectly in line with our mission here at elephant—which was, partially, named after the aphorism of the blind men and the elephant. ~ ed.

Many paths lead from the foot of the mountain
But at the peak we all gaze at the single bright moon.
Just awaken to the truth; how and where do not matter.

With thanks for the tip to the lovely, illuminating weekly Upaya Zen Center newsletter.

ikkyu haiku


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


One Response to “Ikkyu Haiku.”

  1. Eco Mama says:

    Ikkyu is my favorite, particularly the Skeletons series.
    Love his whole philosophy on Buddhism and life.
    Eco Mama