naviarhaiku519 – morning service

morning service
offering its fragrance
a white lily

by: Sôen Nakagawa


Sôen Nakagawa was a key figure in the transmission of Zen Buddhism from Japan to the Western world. His teachings emphasized the importance of direct experience and the integration of Zen philosophy into everyday life.

Haiku by Sôen Nakagawa

Picture by Gavin Stokes

Join The Naviar Haiku Music Challenge

This haiku poem is part of the Naviar haiku music challenge, where artists are invited to make music in response to a weekly assigned haiku poem. Participation is free and there are no limitations in the songs’ length or genre.

You have seven days from the posting of this haiku to submit your track. For information on how to make a submission, visit the Naviar Haiku Music Challenge page.

Submission deadline: 20th December 2023.

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