from vincent tripi:

They know most about beginning who help the rest of us begin

From tribe~ Meditations of a haiku poet:

Haiku enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing who we really are.

all things conspire to reveal us.

Day after day i treat my haiku as a bird might treat its feathers.

As poets, we’re all on the road sought by stillness…

Haiku is simply nature’s way of healing us with words.

A poem should be that sea which fills the empty shell within us.

Moments are like bread crumbs to the bird that always sings. The point is to sing and share our bread with one another.

We are not human beings trying to be poets. We are poets trying to be human beings.

Mostly i have to live the poem to truly understand it. The fact that there is a right poem for the right moment is an amazing & much needed credo for survival. The American Indians knew well when to get their herbs & where- that is how they got them. When the need was there. So with life & with the writing of haiku.

Poems are what we leave & what we find at the beginning.

from tribe~ Further Meditations of a haiku poet:

i am writing. You are reading. This is prayer.

i’ve always had a deep sense that writing was somehow bringing me closer to something. At the same time a sense that it was somehow taking me away from something. It is the poem that builds the bridge between these places.

The poem is never completely ours. Neither is the difficulty writing it.

Slow down! Slow down o snail! Let us be companions along the spiritual path.

The poem is an offering as well as an altar.

i want to leave behind the poem that can follow where i’m going…

We are made to write as the river is made to flow… not reflecting where it’s been nor where it’s going.

ah, the immensity of nature- room for all of her poets!


If you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will
literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted with pennies,
you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days. It’s that simple. What
you see is what you get.
                                      – Annie Dillard
I see that I must give what I most need       – Ann Michaels
I tell you one thing-
if you want peace of mind,
do not find fault with others.
  – Sri Sarada Devi
If you ask me anything I don’t know,
I’m not going to answer.
– Yogi Berra
Happiness is not an individual matter. When you are able to bring relief, or bring back the smile to one person, not only that person profits, but you also profit.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
He was obedient to and at one with nature and the four seasons.     – Basho
Your everyday mind  –  that is the Way!     – Wu-Men
“He who buys what he doesn’t need steals from himself”     – Swedish proverb
The meaning of life is to see.       – Hui-Neng
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
( I am large, I contain multitudes.)
     – Walt Whitman
The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way… To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion- all in one.
                              – John Ruskin
Learn how to listen as things speak for themselves            – Basho
Everything we do is futile, but we must do it anyway.   – Mahatma Gandhi
Where one door shuts, another opens.               Spanish Proverb
One glimpse of the true human being, and we are in love.           – Ikkyu
a large heart can be filled with very little                  – Antonio Porchia
Do not seek perfection in a changing world. Instead, perfect  your love                                             – Sengstan
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
                                  – William Blake
Refraining from all evil, not clinging to birth and death, working in deep compassion for all sentient beings, respecting those over you and pitying those below you, without any detesting or desiring, worrying or lamentation- this is what is called Buddha. Do not search beyond it.
                                              – Dogen
You cannot avoid paradise. You can only avoid seeing it.
                          – Charlotte Joko Beck
Who need be afraid of the merge?        – Walt Whitman
The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.
                                       – Henry Miller
That is happiness: to be dissolved into something complete and great.
                                 – Willa Cather
We accept the graceful falling
of mountain cherry blossoms,
but it is much harder for us
to fall away from our own
attachment to the world.
        – Rengetsu
I should never have made my success in life if I had not bestowed upon the least thing I have undertaken the same attention and care I have bestowed upon the greatest.
                                           – Charles Dickens
The things we know best are the things we haven’t been taught.
                               – Vauvenargues
The shortest answer is doing.      – George Hebert
I learn by going where I have to go.        – Theodore Roethke
May you live all the days of your life.     – Jonathan Swift
Since everything is but an apparition perfect in being what it is, having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or rejection, one may as well burst out laughing.
                                          – Longchenpa
The birds have vanished down the sky.
Now the last cloud drains away.
We sit together, the mountain and me
until only the mountain remains.
          – Li Po
My mind is my own church.      – Thomas Paine
Simply the thing I am shall make me live.     – William Shakespeare
When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live.      – Samuel Johnson
Zen is a way of liberation, concerned not with discovering what is good or bad or advantageous, but what is.
                                       – Alan Watts
Barn’s burnt down-
       I can see the moon
                – Masahide
Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.    – Rumi
Midnight. No waves,
no wind, the empty boat
is flooded with moonlight.
         – Dogen
Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
             – Will Rogers
A baby is born with a need to be loved- and never outgrows it.   – F. Clark
These things I do despise: hypocrisy and lies, and anything at all that dims the light in children’s eyes.
                       – Ruth Stamper
Too many people keep looking forward to the good old days.   A. Glasow
Would there be this eternal seeking if the found existed?    – Antonio Porchia
Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.   – Chinese proverb
In the end one only experiences oneself.       – Nietzsche
A good explanation: never explain anything.    Zen saying
I know that I know nothing.     – Socrates
He who tells the truth says almost nothing.    – Antonio Porchia
Coming, going, the waterbirds
don’t leave a trace,
don’t follow a path
       – Dogen
the fear of separation is all that unites.    – Antonio Porchia
The real cycle you’re working on is a cycle called yourself.  -Robert Pirsig
Everything comes from your own heart. This is what one ancient called bringing out the family treasure.
                               – Yuan-Wu
I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand
 – Chinese Proverb
Value judgements are destructive to our proper business, which is curiosity and awareness.
                             – John Cage
If you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against.
                              – Seng-Ts’an
The instant you speak about a thing you miss the mark.    – Zen saying
It is only change that is at work here.      – I-Ching
Life is an adventure in forgiveness.    – Norman Cousins
Learning to live is learning to let go.    – Sogyal Rinpoche
Our poetry now is the realization that we possess nothing. Anything therefore is a delight, since we do not possess it, and thus need not fear its loss.
                               – John Cage
Do you imagine the universe is agitated. Go into the desert at night and look out at the stars. This practice should answer the question.
                               – Lao Tzu
To keep the body in good health is a duty: otherwise the mind is not strong and clear.
                                  – Buddha
This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you.
                                      – The Mahabharata
It is the enemy who can truly teach us to practice the virtues of compassion and tolerance.
                                       – Dalai Lama
The wonderful thing about Zen practice is that you get to do it whether you like it or not.
                                   – Zen saying
Have love for everyone, no one is other than you.    – Ramakrishna
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
                                  – Confucius
Do not say anything harsh: what you have said will be said back to you.
                               – Buddha
If three of us travel together, I shall find two teachers.   – Confucius
To get this chance ( to practice the Dharma) is very difficult. To be born as a human being is very difficult. Among uncountable sperms and eggs… you are here. Wonderful chance. Congratulations!
                                 – Soen Nakagawa
A human being is a part of the whole called by us “the universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest- a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection of a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
                                           – Albert Einstein
When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement.
I was a bridegroom, taking the world into my arms…
                               – Mary Oliver
Every day is a special day, every place is a special place as it is.  B. Glassman
If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.
                                – Thich Nhat Hanh
The quieter you become, the more you can hear.     – Ram Dass
you will find the distance that separates you from them, by joining them.
                          – Antonio Porchia
It’s not a person’s depth you must discover, but their ascent. Find their path from depth to ascent.
                                       – Anne Michaels
The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.   – Tennessee Williams
Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passses, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend- or a meaningful day.
                                           – Dalai Lama
To be able to hear the divine calling, for grace to flow abundantly, it is enough to love something dearly, music, the sun, or a little child.
                                   – Ramakrishna
Man is the matter of the cosmos, contemplating itself.             – Carl Sagan
My religion is kindness. A good heart, warm feelings- these are the most
important things.                                                    -Dalai Lama
Smile if you want a smile from another face. –                        Dalai Lama
From Rainer Maria Rilke: Rilke on Love and other Difficulties
At bottom no one in life can help anyone else in life; this one experiences over and over in every conflict and every perplexity: that one is alone. All companionship can consist only in the strengthening of two neighboring solitudes, whereas everything that one is wont to call giving oneself is by nature harmful to companionship: for when a person abandons himself, he is no longer anything, and when two people both give themselves up in order to come close to each other, there is no longer any ground beneath them and their being together is a continual falling.
I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other. For, if it lies in the nature of indifference and of the crowd to recognize no solitude, then love and friendship are there for the purpose of continually providing the opportunity for solitude. And only those are the true sharings which rhythmically interrupt periods of deep isolation.
An intense love of solitude, distaste for involvement in worldly affairs,
persistence in knowing the Self and awareness of the goal of knowing-
all this is called true knowledge.
                     The Bhagavad Gita