Zenrin Kushû 禪林 句 集 is a collection of Zen phrases and sentences from Buddhist and non-Buddhist texts and sources.
Zenrin Kushû is based on a previous anthology of 5,000 Zen phrases known as Ku Zôshi, compiled by Tôyô Eichô (1438-1504), who built it from buddhist sutras, phrases spoken by Chinese masters, Taoist texts, Confucian texts and Chinese poems.
Toyo’s work was updated and enriched in manuscript form for several generations until the seventeenth century, when it was published in the name of Ijûshi in 1688 under the title Zenrin Kushû.
The original sources are more than two hundred and include: “The Analects”, “The Great Learning,” “The Doctrine of the Mean,” “Mencius,” “The Odes,” “Laotse,” “Chuangtse,” “The Hekiganroku” , “Mumonkan”, “Shinjinmei”, the poetry of Kanzan, Toenmei, Toho, Ritaihaku, Hakurakuten.
Starting from Hakuin Ekaku (1685-1768), Zen Rinzai reformer, several masters and students have entrusted Zenrin Kushû as a resource for the construction and practice of kôan.
Lab Zen Haiku Italy introduces the use of the Zenrin Kushû sentences, as starting point for haiku writing.
Through a web form, you can find the sentence from Zenrin Kushû, which you can answer with your own haiku.
Therefore, the spirit is to complete, with its own haiku, the pills of zen reality, declined by Zenrin Kushû.
With a weekly frequency, the quotes of Zenrin Kushû will be published and selected haiku that will best interpretation the zen spirit inside the proposed phrase.
Lab Zen is hoping that this proposal will be able to promote greater awareness in the haiku community.
Haiku can be posted in Italian or English.
The composition rules are those of Lab Zen Haiku Italia, basically free (no kigo and no classical form 5-7-5) if compated to Japanese haiku.