If all men lead mechanical, unpoetical lives, this is the real nihilism, the real undoing of the world.

— Reginald Horace Blyth

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Thus we see that the all important thing is not killing or giving life, drinking or not drinking, living in the town or the country, being unlucky or lucky, winning or losing. It is how we win, how we lose, how we live or die, finally, how we choose.

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There is no greater difference between men than between grateful and ungrateful people.

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The sun shines, snow falls, mountains rise and valleys sink, night deepens and pales into day, but it is only very seldom that we attend to such things. . . . When we are grasping the inexpressible meaning of these things, this is life, this is living. To do this twenty-four hours a day is the Way of Haiku. It is having life more abundantly.

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Think of Zen, of the Void, of Good and Evil and you are bound hand and foot.

Think only and entirely and completely of what you are doing at the moment and you are free as a bird.

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A haiku is the expression of a temporary enlightenment, in which we see into the life of things.

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These are some of the characteristics of the state of mind which the creation and appreciation of haiku demand: Selflessness, Loneliness, Grateful Acceptance, Wordlessness, Non-intellectuality, Contradictoriness, Humor, Freedom, Non-morality, Simplicity, Materiality, Love, and Courage.

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The love of nature is religion, and that religion is poetry;

these three things are one thing. This is the unspoken creed of haiku poets.

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The importance and unimportance of the self cannot be exaggerated.

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Regarding R. H. Blyth: Blyth is sometimes perilous, naturally, since he's a high-handed old poem himself, but he's also sublime - and who goes to poetry for safety anyway.

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Perfect does not mean perfect actions in a perfect world, bur appropriate actions in an imperfect one.

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Mud is the most poetical thing in the world.

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What is essential is not the answer but the questions;

the answers indeed are the death of the life that is in the questions.

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About Reginald Horace Blyth

Quotes 34 sayings
Profession Author
Birthday December 3, 1898

There is nothing intrinsically more beautiful or poetical about the moon than about a dunghill; if anything, the contrary, for the latter is full of life and warmth and energy.

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Zen is mind-less activity, that is, Mind-ful activity, and it may often be advisable to emphasize the mind, and say, Take care of the thoughts and the actions will take care of themselves.

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Or, to express this in another way, suggested to me by Professor Suzuki, in connection with seeing into our own nature, poetry is the something that we see, but the seeing and the something are one; without the seeing there is no something, no something, no seeing. There is neither discovery nor creation: only the perfect, indivisible experience.

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The object of our lives is to look at, listen to, touch, taste things.

Without them, - these sticks, stones, feathers, shells, - there is no Deity.

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Any enlightenment which requires to be authenticated, certified, recognized, congratulated, is (as yet) a false, or at least incomplete one.

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Regarding R. H. Blyth: For translations, the best books are still those by R. H. Blyth. . . .

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Zen is the game of insight, the game of discovering who you are beneath the social masks.

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We walk, and our religion is shown even to the dullest and most insensitive person in how we walk. Or to put it more accurately, living in this world means choosing, choosing to walk, and the way we choose to walk is infallibly and perfectly expressed in the walk itself. Nothing can disguise it. The walk of an ordinary man and of an enlightened man are as different as that of a snake and a giraffe.

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Zen is poetry; poetry is Zen.

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We that change, hate change. And we that pass, love what abides. Ashes, darkness, dust.

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I myself think that to have a cat is more important than to have a Bible.

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Zen is the unsymbolization of the world.

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There is a Hindu myth about the Self or God of the universe who sees life as a form of play. But since the Self is what there is and all that there is and thus has no one separate to play with, he plays the cosmic game of hide-and-seek with himself. He takes on the roles and masks of individual people such as you and I and thus becomes involved in exciting and terrifying adventures, all the time forgetting who he really is.

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Things have done their part; it is for us to do ours.

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Regarding R. H. Blyth: Blyth's four volume Haiku became especially popular at this time [1950's] because his translations were based on the assumption that the haiku was the poetic expression of Zen. Not surprisingly, his books attracted the attention of the Beat school, most notably writers such as Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac, all of whom had a prior interest in Zen.

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A thief running away like mad from a ferocious watch-dog may be a splendid example of Zen.

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The establishment of inner harmony is to be attained neither in the past nor in the future, but where the past and future meet, which is the now. When you have attained that point, neither future nor past, neither birth nor death, neither time nor space exist. It is that NOW which is liberation, which is perfect harmony, to which the men of the past and the men of the future must come.

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Regarding R. H. Blyth: The first book in English based on the saijiki is R. H. Blyth's Haiku, published in four volumes from 1949 to 1952. After the first, background volume, the remaining three consist of a collection of Japanese haiku with translations, all organized by season, and within the seasons by traditional categories and about three hundred seasonal topics.

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Regarding R. H. Blyth: Two men who may be called pillars of the Western haiku movement, Harold G. Henderson and R. H. Blyth. . . .

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What is Zen? Zen is looking at things with the eye of God, that is, becoming the thing's eyes so that it looks at itself with our eyes.

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Nothing divides one so much as thought.

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