Tuesday, January 11

Zen Fun


Well here we are week 26 of ABC Wednesday Round 7. I worked out that this is my 182nd ABC Wednesday contribution and this fun weekly meme is set to continue to Round 8! As Wednesday approaches I do find myself thinking what can I possibly think of next, and in this amazing world we live in, there is always something out there. Ofcourse there are some letters more complicated than others, X in particular but people ALWAYS come up with something and when you visit the ABC Wednesday Blog you will get a taste of the great imagination and creativity we see each week. Although it is known as ABC Wednesday we tend to start posting on a Tuesday due to time differences across the world so her is my Z contribution!

It is only recently I have come across the  Zen philosophy Wikipedia puts it....

Zen is a school of Mahāyāna Buddhism. The Japanese word Zen is derived from the Chinese word Chán, which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyāna, which means "meditation" or "meditative state.
Zen emphasizes experiential Wisdom in the attainment of enlightenment. As such, it de-emphasizes theoretical knowledge in favor of direct realization through meditation and dharma practice. The teachings of Zen include various sources of Mahāyāna thought, including the Prajñāpāramitā literature and the teachings of the Yogācāra and Tathāgatagarbha schools.

The emergence of Zen as a distinct school of Buddhism was first documented in China in the 7th century CE. From China, Zen spread south to Vietnam, and east to Korea and Japan. As a matter of tradition, the establishment of Zen is credited to the Persian [1] or South Indian prince-turned-monk Bodhidharma, who came to China to teach a "special transmission outside scriptures, not founded on words or letters".

Bearing this in mind I thought the following competition was a fun way to illustrate this today! I would also like to make a special mention of one ABC blogger, Gerald who has, like so many others been part of ABC Wednesday since day 1 and writes Haiku and other fantastic poetry! Thanks so much Gerald - Enjoy!

A contest was held to replace the impersonal and unhelpful Microsoft error messages with Haiku poetry messages led to the following beauties. ((Formal Haiku poetry has strict construction rules; each poem has only 17 syllables; 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second line, 5 in the third line. They are used to communicate a timeless message, often achieving a wistful, yearning and powerful insight through extreme brevity.)

A file that big?
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.

David J. Liszewski

Everything is gone;
Your life's work has been destroyed.
Squeeze trigger (yes/no)?

David Carlson
The web-site you seek
Cannot be located,
but Countless more exist.

Joy Rothke

Errors have occurred.
Look within for where and why.
Lazy programmers.

Charlie Gibbs
You step in the stream,
But the water has moved on.
This page is not here.

Chass Whittington
Program aborting:
Close all you have worked on.
You ask far too much.
Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.

Margaret Segall
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  1. Yesterday it worked.
    Today it is not working.
    Windows is like that.


  2. The PC stopped
    The program works no more
    Please press okay

  3. Love those haikus!! Each one brought a smile.

  4. I thought I was going to see a photo of that hunky Zen from the new BBC series when I saw your title :-)

  5. One of my Polish visitors told me that he also had troubles with Windows.
    Thanks for the link to Zeewolde! There are many places starting with Z ! This meme is very interesting and teaches us a lot. Excellent idea, Mrs. Nesbitt!!

  6. LOL!! Those Haiku's for computer users were hilarious and I am still smiling. Loved them all :) cannot pick the best as each one is terrific!!

  7. Very informative post and great haikus. I debated about mentioning that I was using zen in a generic way and giving some history but I was too lazy so I'm glad to see that you did that.

  8. Great post for the Z Day and terrific haikus! Always fun to play with the alphabet each week, Denise, thanks as always! Enjoy your week!


  9. What fun! I'm really looking forward to continuing next Round, Denise. My first post was for the letter B in Round 2, so I've been doing this for some time, too! It makes me really think hard to come up with something creative - I don't always succeed, but I do post something! :D

  10. that is a good attitude for the computer!
    I've only been here since K of Round 5, but it's always intriguing to come up with SOMETHING.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  11. One of my dear Blogger friends, James Andrew Lockhart, is a wonderful author of Haikus and has a book published called Tangled in Wisteria.

    Good and interesting post.

  12. Love the haikus and zen for computers. They are more clever than my brain can handle this morning. (:0)

  13. Windows is going
    Big Mac moved in the bedroom
    Apple of my eye.

    Fun post today.

  14. I enjoyed reading the Zen haiku!

  15. A new round coming up? Hmm, I may join in again.

    Zen, mmmmmmmm (BBC Sunday night)

  16. what can I say lass
    from a humble wee tyke
    ta for being thee

    ps the plural of haiku is haiku

  17. The haiku are hilarious, especially the last one.

    You asked what a draught animal is: an animal used for pulling carts, plows and such.

  18. What wonderful haiku, Denise. I love all of them, but the last one made me laugh. I am SO glad I switched from Windows to my wonderful beautiful glorious iMac. And it even has a semi-Scottish name.
    I've written down the haiku rules and am going to try to wrap my brain around it. I remember when I could write half a dozen poems a day, a long time ago. I'd just decide "Today I am going to try to write like Kipling" and away I'd go. Next day, next poet, but never in alphabetical order, LOL.
    Now I couldn't write a couplet if my life depended on it.
    Thanks for the haiku fun.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  19. How Zen-ish this is. Still laughing!

  20. I love them all!!!! Can't pick a favorite. BTW I LOVE ABC Wednesday's, it is my favorite meme to post on!

  21. Great choice for Zday! Very informative post about the Zen phylosophy!
    Loved the haiku too! My favourite is:

    A file that big?
    It might be very useful.
    But now it is gone.

    David J. Liszewski

    He he he! It does ring a bell!!!

    Have a happy ABC Wednesday****

    ps: My birthday is on 27th June;o)

  22. Program stopped working
    Windows is closing all tabs
    Send error report?

    LOOOOOOOVE this!!!

  23. I have 4 cats who show me daily how it works to be zen ! they do nothing but laying around, lol !

  24. Yes, zen is very much needed when the computer crashes and files no longer exist!

  25. What a great post! Love the Zen info and all those haikus!
    New round starting means trying to find a focus for the series - I'm not sure yet.
    thanks for all your hard wor! I love your meme.


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