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Mount Phang Xi Pang.


Sky with its mists and cloud seethes down and vanishes among mountains, while mountains in turn vanish into that mist and cloud, only to reappear churning up into the sky.

David Hinton (2012)


David Hinton is exploring the concept of ‘sincerity’. His metaphor is taken from a contrast in nature that seems palpable enough: rock and vapour, but which, from a different point of view, The view over the River Tweed towards the Eidons in southern Scotland. A page on the crucial importance of viewpoint. evaporates as these elements intermingle and blend. So with thoughts and the external world, usually such different entities, but which in sincerity become a unity. Complex heaped clouds. Nature offers a seamless backcloth for us to emulate. We are sincere when our words and actions are as one. Sincerity Icicles hanging over peat water. Onitsura took ‘sincerity’ as being at the heart of his practice of Haiku writing. is a true correspondence between inside and outside. Between the heart of a poem and its words. Between the words and the thoughts. Mist creeping up a valley between the trees. An analogy for the relationship between these terms. Between my thoughts and my words. Between you and me.

David Hinton (1954 - ) is a translator and Poet. His book Hunger Mountain is published by Shambhala. The book begins with sincerity pp 3-6.

This image was taken from the road between Lai Châu and Sa Pa in north-western Vietnam looking up at Phăng Xi Păng which stands at 3,148 metres, and is the highest peak on mainland South-East Asia.

Above hovering on blue introduces a link: click to go, move away to stay.


Saturday 6th October 2018

Murphy on duty to this site