Naviarhaiku142 – One note of the shakuhachi


The haiku of the week was written by Sôen Nakagawa, a key figure in the transmission of Zen Buddhism from Japan to the Western world.

The shakuhachi is a Japanese end-blown flute that was originally introduced from China into Japan in the 8th century. If you’re curious to hear how it sounds, check out this video:

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Poem by Sôen Nakagawa

Picture by Anne James