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An evening of haiku, haibun and shakuhachi flute

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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Haiku WatercolourCome and be transported and delighted by an evening of Zen inspired haiku poetry and prose accompanied by Michael McInerney on the Japanese Shakuhachi Flute.

Haiku is a form of three line poetry that uses sensory language to capture a feeling or image. Haiku poetry was originally developed by Japanese poets in the 9th to 12th centuries. They are often inspired by nature, a moment of beauty, or a poignant experience.

The haibun is the combination of two poems: a prose poem and haiku. The form was popularized by the 17th century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho

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The Noble Redthread Haiku Sangha is a collective of poets with a meditative inner path Buddhist practice who write and share haiku. Their purpose is: 

  • to write and read those haiku which have a resonance beyond the descriptive, an existential aftertaste
  • to explore the contemplative dimension of haiku through personal practice
  • to offer a liberative vision of haiku as an everyday spirituality beyond sectarian divides.

The shakuhachi flute is a Japanese traditional instrument rooted in both Zen aesthetics and Zen spiritual practice.  Traditionally used by the mendicant Komuso ‘priests of empty nothing’ for begging and meditation, it has developed a repertoire of long solo pieces which sits at the boundary between art performance and solitary contemplation.  

Mike MicInerney plays Shakuhachi FluteInitially trained as a Western classical composer, Mike McInerney fell in love with this repertoire and tradition many years ago and has continued to study with master shakuhachi players and Zen teachers since then, as well as incorporating the shakuhachi into his own electronic music compositions.  He has recently been awarded the KSK Chikushin Europe scholarship to further these studies in Japan with the master teachers Kaoru Kakizakai and Furuya Teruo.


June 6
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Chalice Well Trust
01458 831154


Chalice Well
85-89 Chilkwell Street
Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8DD
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01458 831154