The haiku is a Japanese poetic form that consists of three lines, with five syllables in the first line, seven in the second and five in the third. An haiku poem expresses deep meaning in a few words. Haiku poetry focus on a brief moment in time, juxtaposing two images, and creating a sudden sense of enlightenment.
Haiku poetry excels in one of the rarest of artistic virtues, the virtue of knowing when to stop; of knowing when enough has been said.
Zen Buddhism uncovers this virtue as not just the secret of art but of life itself.