A to Z Challenge: Zen Poetry


a plant-like animal. For example, the Elysia chlorotica (a type of green slug) is a naturally occurring sea animal that makes its own chlorophyll. In essence, it grows its own food 😀

Zen Poetry 

In the Zen philosophy, words themselves are not important but should rather be seen as a tool for reaching a clear emotional and intellectual state. Overly complicated phrases, words, and images thus have no place in Zen poetry. Neither does an overt emphasis on meanings or themes.

What is this mind? 

Who is hearing these sounds?
Do not mistake any state for
Self-realization, but continue
To ask yourself even more intensely,
What is it that hears?

It is as though you have an eye
That sees all forms
But does not see itself.
This is how your mind is.
Its light penetrates everywhere
And engulfs everything,
So why does it not know itself?

Word of the Day: Live Science

Poetry Form: wiseGeek

Poems: View on Buddhism

Image: Live Science


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