I do not recall whether I’d heard the word before. If I had, I certainly had never used it. But there it was, perhaps the best descriptor for what I’d been contemplating creating.
I stumbled upon the word not while searching for the appropriate term to describe the project I’ve been considering but, rather, I while reading about a thirteenth century Japanese Zen Master, the same one whose words form today’s Thoughts for the Day on this blog.
Now, to my fascicles. I have long considered compiling the things I have written over the years (primarily from my several blogs) into a series of sections, grouped according to topic or theme.
Dōgen Zenji’a Shōbōgenzō, I learned, is a collection of fascicles concerning Buddhist thought and practice. My compilation of thoughts expressed in my blogs will not be as focused, nor as impactful, as the Shōbōgenzō, but it will share a descriptive term, if it comes to fruition.
The sources of my fascicles may include Musings from Myopia, Brittle Road, and JohnSwinburn.com, as well as a rather large collection of material I’ve not published online. I may dig back into some of the things I published in association magazines over the years, as well, assuming I find anything relevant there and can get copyright approval (the publishers, not I, hold copyright to the latter material).
It is a bit daunting to launch into the task of creating this potential series from what I have written, because I may not find enough substance in what I’ve written to justify the effort. If nothing else, it may keep me occupied. And, perhaps, I’ll learn new words along the way.