The tokonoma, or decorative alcove, is where a scroll is hung and a simple flower arrangement placed.
What I tried to memorize would soon be forgotten, but whatever I learned with my own body would remain with me for a lifetime.
We must have the confidence to say to ourselves, "No, I was not dozing."
To see someone make a bowl of tea and listen to an explanation of it does not make the practice readily understandable.
It would have been wrong to think of propagating that spiritual practice as if it were export merchandise.