“I started writing haiku as a way to document what I was experiencing when I first began to study and practice Buddhism.”
1. Please share a haiku you have written.
Tapestry of love
Holds all with gentle embrace
Each strand is precious
2. Why did you pick this one?
It came naturally when I wrote it, without any edits, and really captured what I was feeling about my family. It still resonates for me when I read it.
3. How many have you written? How often do you write? What inspires you?
I started writing haiku as a way to document what I was experiencing when I first began to study and practice Buddhism. I liked the technique of using haiku as a way to get more deeply in touch with my experience and decided to use it to explore compassion. It then became a daily practice. At one point, I wrote one every day and ended up with 366 of these (it was a leap year!). All together I have written more than 500 haiku.
4. Why do your write haiku? How did you get started?
They came about spontaneously. I found them to be a very effective means of journaling. I focused on compassion because I wanted to develop my own capacity in these areas and I found the combination of haiku and commentary a very effective way to do so.
5. Do you work with other forms related to haiku, like renga, senryu, haiga, tanka, etc.?
No, I am not familiar with these forms.
6. What advice would you give to aspiring haiku writers?
Write whenever the mood strikes and have fun!
7. Where can people read your haiku?