haiku | august 9

seeking less and less, then,

the shore
beyond seeking

This poem was inspired by the Buddhist Heart Sutra, which has always been very meaningful to me. The mantra– Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha!, and in English, Gone, Gone, Gone Beyond, Gone Completely Beyond, Awake So Be It!– inspired Allen Ginsberg’s invention of the American sentence. He considered “the highest mantra,” the mantra of the Heart Sutra, to be a haiku.

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