It was misty and cold.
There was black ice in the harbour.
Writing Your Mind
Question: Could you say something about the role that poetry might play in the journey of the Buddhist practitioner?
Chögyam Trungpa: It’s a question of writing your own mind on a piece of paper. Through poetry, you could find your own state of mind. that’s precisely the concept of haiku: writing your mind. that’s how we try to work with poetics at Naropa Institute. People shouldn’t be too dilettantish or artistic, but they should write their own state of mind on a piece of paper. that’s why we say, “first thought best thought.” We have to be very careful that we don’t put too many cosmetics on our own thinking. Thoughts don’t need lipstick or powder.