Mountain Zen – By Ron C. Moss

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Merran Dawson (Left), Roshi Susan Murphy - after Merran took jukai at Gorricks Run in 2005.

Ron C. Moss is a visual artist and poet from Tasmania. His haiku and related genres have won many international prizes and he has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. His award winning first haiku collection is: The Bone Carver, Snapshot Press. Ron is well known for his haiga paintings, illustration and design and is an award winning photographer.

Ron writes: “I consider myself a student of the Zen arts, which have fascinated me from an early age.  I enjoy the distilled conciseness of haiku, the exploration of art and mixed media, and sometimes I like to combine the two, as in the ancient tradition of haiga. I try to bring a sense of contemplation into my work.  Moments of stillness are important in our very busy lives and my path is to practice the way of art and haiku poetry.”

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Haibun (俳文  ? , literally, haikai writings) is a prosimetric literary form originating in Japan, combining prose and haiku. The range of haibun is broad and frequently includes autobiography, diary, essay, prose poem, short story and travel journal. (Wikipedia)


Mountain Zen by Ron C. Moss


We’re gathered on Mount Wellington at the edge of the Tasmanian wilderness — a mountain that rises 1300 meters above the port city of Hobart. I’m with my fellow zen meditators and friends. We support each other on the path and we have come to mark the passing of 15 years of zen practice in a small rock cabin called Kara.


water ferns
one in more sunlight
than the rest


We sit in a silence that emanates from deep within the rock. I read a passage by Suzuki Roshi “die into the moment, don’t move!” I signal another time period and we settle into our breath.


second bell
a flame-robin scatters
heavy dew


The wind lifts and the old rocks cabin roof changes key. The smell of undergrowth mixed with pine incense fills our senses. 


broken window 
an edge of cloud
settles on the ridge

Merran Dawson (Left), Roshi Susan Murphy - after Merran took jukai at Gorricks Run in 2005.







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