Haiku Writing Workshop
June 6 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm£35.00
This workshop offers an introduction to haiku form and haiku spirit.
You will learn about Buddhist themes in haiku and the image as ‘thing in itself.’
You will explore the traditional Japanese ‘moods’ of haiku.
The workshop includes a zazen meditation and a walk in the gardens to compose haiku (called a ginko). This will be followed by a receiving workshop, where you will learn the art of constructing a haiku sequence.
The Sangha will also be hosting an evening performance of Haiku and Haibun (prose) on Thursday 6th at 7pm.
The Noble Redthread Haiku Sangha is a collective of poets with a meditative inner path Buddhist practice who write and share haiku. Our 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, periodic workshops, group retreats and gatherings
● to offer a liberative vision of haiku as an everyday spirituality beyond sectarian divides.
It could all be too pious, couldn’t it? Which is where “redthread” comes in, the ancient Japanese term for the troublesome passions. They are part of us, and of our poetry. Even the enlightened, as Zen Master Songyan said, cannot, “sever the redthread”. He goes further, and challenges us to ask ourselves: “Why can’t you sever the redthread?”