May 17-18, 2002: David H. Rosen

Lecture: Haiku, Zen and Jung’s Psychology

Haiku is a treasure Japan has given the world. These short poems offer us extraordinary moments of insight about ordinary things. Haiku, linked to Zen, embodies egolessness, aloneness, acceptance, universality, humor, silence, awakening, love and death. Haiku usually concerns nature and an image created out of a few words. Haiku ( a form of Jung’s active imagination) is a spiritual art form that promotes healing. As the poet W. H. Auden said (quoting his father who was a physician), "Healing is the intuitive art of wooing nature."

Workshop: East Meets West: Haiku as Active Imagination

After a brief introduction to haiku and how to write haiku, there will be a meditation exercise to promote relaxation. Following meditation, participants will engage in an active imagination process prior to writing. The meaning, spirit and healing value of the created haiku will be discussed.

This workshop will be held in a peaceful, natural setting conducive to haiku writing. Please dress accordingly, bring writing materials and a sack lunch.


David H. Rosen, M.D., the holder of the McMillan Professorship in Analytic Psychology since he went to Texas A & M University in 1986, is also Professor of Humanities in Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science. He received his B.A. from the University of California (Berkeley) and an M.D. from the University of Missouri (Columbia). Dr. Rosen is a psychiatrist and Jungian psychoanalyst. His training in analytical psychology was with the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, California, and the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysis, where he is currently a senior training analyst.

Dr. Rosen is the author of over seventy scholarly articles and seven books. His most recent books areTransforming Depression: Healing the Soul Through CreativityThe Tao of Jung: The Way of Integrity ,Evolution of the Psyche and The Tao of Elvis: Mirror of America forthcoming in 2002. Dr. Rosen is currently completing The Healing Spirit of Haiku, a book co-authored with Portland, Oregon poet Joel Weishaus.

In 1999, Dr. Rosen spent five months in Japan on a sabbatical as a Visiting Professor at Kyoto Bunkyo University where he studied the psychology, meaning and healing value of haiku.

The Healing Spirit of Haiku