Despite spammers hijacking my blog last night and filling the comment threads with gibberish and despite the current threat of the global cyber attack I am still utterly addicted to online research. When the artist and haiku poet, Belinda Broughton commented on my last post – ‘Ma’, the Japanese aesthetic of space, is similar to the ‘Buddhist emptiness’ that you’re referring to, isn’t it? I call it ‘dreaming room’ – I was off on another binge.
In an article in the online magazine Rice Paper by Colleen Lanki I read –
‘Ma is a Japanese aesthetic principle meaning “emptiness” or “absence.” It is the space between objects, the silence between sounds, or the stillness between movements. The term describes both time and space, and is much more than a “lack” of something. The emptiness is, in fact, a palpable entity.
Simply put, ma is the aesthetic of space-time.’ https://ricepapermagazine.ca/2013/02/%E9%96%93-an-aesthetic-of-space-time/
In a Kyoto Journal article by Gunter Nitschke I read –
‘Many waka and haiku poems begin with a phrase that employs ma to paint the atmosphere of energy of the setting. For example –
木の間 (ko-no-ma) Among trees (literally: place/time/mood of trees)’ Kyoto Journal – ma
Tracking down what Belinda meant by ‘dreaming room’ I discovered an essay on writing haiku by Denis Garrison https://denisgarrison.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/dreaming-room-an-editorial-essay/ He writes – ‘By “dreaming room,” I mean some empty space inside the poem which the reader can fill with his personal experience, from his unique social context.’
Reading these articles I had my own ‘aha ‘ moment –