Plum Blossoms

” Without the bitterest cold that penetrates to the very bone, how can plum blossoms send forth their fragrance to the whole world?” Basho

Snow and more snow and more snow, sleet, freezing rain, ice, wind, frigid temperatures. What will be the fragrance of the plum blossoms this spring?

With my own bumpy practice and eclectic journey, and now in the nearly winter of my life, I sit with you Basho and ponder the fragrance of the plum blossoms. How can this fragrance be sent forth into the world? Perhaps it is already happening and I just don’t know.

About kesho

Kesho is liaison for new members and coordinator for meditation instruction at Heart Circle Sangha.
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One Response to Plum Blossoms

  1. James Jakudo Shammas says:

    Dogen omitted the one word “in” when quoting a famous sutra, restating it thus:
    “Plum blossoms open early spring.” Perhaps he also meant they open summer, fall, winter…
    What are plum blossoms?

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