Episode 42 :: Stanford M. Forrester :: Buddhism and Haiku

| December 10, 2010 | 0 Comments

Stanford M. Forrester

Stanford Forrester talks with us today about Buddhism and Haiku.

Buddhism has a long tradition of finding expression in the arts. Perhaps one of the most in alignment with our practice of present moment awareness is that of poetry, specifically haiku. There are few forms which, in so few words, provide the full spectrum of the experience of the moment.

Stanford M. Forrester is a past president of the Haiku Society of America as well as the editor of bottle rockets: a collection of short verse. Stanford has had poems published in 33 publications in the US, Japan, Canada, Ireland, Romania, England, and Australia. His work has appeared in 22 anthologies, most notably in Haiku edited by Peter Washington in the Everyman’s Pocket Poetry Series published by Knopf and American Zen: A Gathering of Poets published by Bottomdog Press.

In 2004 he took first seat in the 57th Annual Basho Anthology Contest in Ueno, Japan and 3rd place in the Kaji Aso Contest in Boston. In 2001 he was the recipient of the Museum of Haiku Literature Award, given by the Museum in Tokyo and the Haiku Society of America. Most recently he has received an artist fellowship from the Greater Hartford Arts Council. He has been a judge for the Japan Society and the United Nations International School’s Children’s Haiku Contest in the New York City Region for four years. He has taught workshops at places such as Wesleyan University, the Zen Mountain Monastery, the World Haiku Festival in Bangalore, India, and Kripalu.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice, properly frothed green tea.

:: Discuss this episode ::



Meditation hall
an ant carries away
my concentration

— Stanford M. Forrester




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Music for This Episode

Shakuhachi Meditations

Shakuhachi Meditations

The music heard in the middle of the podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez’s CD, Shakuhachi Meditations. The tracks used in this episode are:

  • Chaniwa

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Ted Meissner

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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