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Pyramid Poetry

2024-03-14T05:31:08-07:00March 7th, 2024|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 write [...]


2023-06-19T13:09:26-07:00August 21st, 2022|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 is [...]

The Silent Sadhu

2023-06-19T13:09:27-07:00March 20th, 2022|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 [...]

Chinese Taoists

2023-06-19T13:09:26-07:00January 26th, 2022|Climb the Joyous Mountain|

There is a profound difference between the life-negating pessimism of traditional Indian Buddhism and the life-prolonging, immortality-seeking attitude of Chinese Taoists. The Indian Buddhist sees the world as a place of complete impermanence, a forest [...]


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