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Pyramid Poetry

2021-05-06T19:02:51-07:00April 30th, 2021|Climb the Joyous Mountain|

Haiku, the Japanese 17-syllable poems, have become exceedingly popular in the West. Many translations (some in rhyme and some not) of Basho, Buson, Issa, and other poets have appeared. Frequently, Westerners have attempted to [...]

Wabi-Sabi

2021-01-08T16:10:38-08:00December 30th, 2020|Climb the Joyous Mountain|

To understand Japanese culture, one must know something of the wabi-sabi concept. The Japanese sense of beauty, unlike some of the elaborately embellished Chinese manifestations, usually relies on delicate understatement. What is left out [...]

The Silent Sadhu

2020-06-23T08:37:50-07:00June 5th, 2020|Climb the Joyous Mountain|

The lengthening twilight seemed almost interminable as the old car plowed along the dismal roads east of Baroda. Indian sunsets are particularly spectacular where there is flat country and few trees or buildings to break [...]

Who Am I?

2019-08-13T12:11:16-07:00February 5th, 2020|Climb the Joyous Mountain|

Not all religious seekers find Ultimate answers. Some do, some don’t. I’d like to deal with both here. Rabindranath Tagore, the great 20th century poet of India who often wrote in English, expressed bewilderment [...]

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