2009/07/27

Every Day is a Good Day

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Every Day is a Good Day

nichi nichi kore kōnichi (日々是好日)
nichi nichi kore koonichi
hibi kore koojitsu / kore yoki hi



A Japanese Zen Buddhist proverb at least 300 years old which means "Every day is a good day", or "All days are good days". It has been presented by some Zen masters (notably, Rodo-Sawaki and his disciple Taisen Deshimaru) as a kōan, that is, a statement that appears contradictory to rationality but that can be grasped through intuition.
It was a favorite saying of the avant-garde composer John Cage.
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by Takagaki Kohei (Koohei)
高垣康平(たかがき こうへい)
born 1935 in Gifu

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some day some way
in this life or another
every day is a good day

the sound of one foot
after the other


Chibi (Daruma Forum)


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1 comment:

Gabi Greve - Basho archives said...

Matsuo Basho

At the first haikai meeting of the year 1688, at the temple 薬師寺 Yakushi-Ji in Iga Ueno,
Basho wrote this greeting hokku for his disciples

初桜折りしも今日はよき日なり
hatsuzakura orishi mo kyoo wa yoki hi nari

the first cherry blossoms
on this occasion - today indeed
a good day

This refers to a Zen saying about
. nichi nichi kore kōnichi 日々是好日 Every Day is a Good Day .

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