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Category Archive for 'Jisei'

Senryu, died June 2, 1827

Like dew drops on a lotus leaf I vanish.

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Empty-handed I entered the world Barefoot I leave it. My coming, my going – Two simple happenings That got entangled.

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Shoro, died April 1894, at age 80

Pampas grass, now dry, once bent this way and that.

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Hosshin, 13th century

Coming, all is clear, no doubt about it. Going, all is clear, without a doubt. What, then, is all?

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Inhale, exhale Forward, back Living, dying: Arrows, let flown each to each Meet midway and slice The void in aimless flight – Thus I return to the source.

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Japanese Death Poems: Written by Zen Monks and Haiku Poets on the Verge of Death

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