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March 13th, 2016

| Kobayashi Issa - Where there are humans

Where there are humans
You'll find flies,
And Buddhas.

-- from A Box of Zen: Haiku the Poetry of Zen, Koans the Lessons of Zen, Sayings the Wisdom of Zen, Edited by Manuela Dunn Mascetti / Edited by Timothy Hugh Barrett
Poetry Chaikhana | Kobayashi Issa - Where there are humans

Or. following up on Granger's commentary: (To Buddhas. flies are also Buddhas, and so are people.

Where i go, i
will find Buddhas, one
will be me.
"....nostalgia for an aristocratic medievalism, which opposed the bourgeois materialism of the modern zeitgeist.

"...transmuted the urban pessimism of Zola’s naturalism into a preternatural landscape of demons and saints engaged in an eschatological battle for the soul of humanity.

As the decadents’ most fanatical exemplar of medieval indulgence, Bloy observed the anchoritic vows of both poverty and suffering for the whole of his professional life, a choice that alienated him from bourgeois Catholicism and the institutions of literary Paris. It also earned him the dubious honorific of the Ungrateful Beggar among his friends and enemies."

“Woe to him who has not begged!” he writes. “There is nothing greater than begging. God begs. The Angels beg … The dead beg. All that is in light and glory begs.” Like Huysmans, he briefly joined the Trappist order but was evidently turned away by the cloister to better serve the cities’ unconverted. The Irish Catholic scholar Shane Leslie writes, “Poverty, suffering, symbolism—these were the three corners of Bloy’s heart; but they dealt not in secret places, for he lavished the full fury of his style upon their elucidation.”

Léon Bloy’s Decadent, Perverse “Disagreeable Tales”

This is not an autist's obsession!!! At least i hope not.Read more...Collapse )



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