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02 Spiritual Observance

The Hut of the Phantom Dwelling, Basho…

There was a time when I envied those who had government offices or impressive domains, and on another occasion I considered entering the precincts of the Buddha and the teaching room of the patriarchs. Instead, I’ve worn out my body in journeys that are as aimless as the winds and clouds and expended my feelings on flowers and birds.1

… i do my best to content myself with daily walks, writing in my journal, making photographs… even so the desire to be seen, followed and liked is persistent…

  1. Basho, The Hut of the Phantom Dwelling, 1690. Translation by Etsuko Terasaki. The Essential Haiku, Versions of Basho, Buson & Issa. Edited by Robert Hass. The Ecco Press, 1994. [return]