Monday, September 24, 2007

Tea Time Again

The place of practice lies in the pure and honest spirit where there is no false vanity.

When you enter the Way of Tea, no matter how you think you may disgrace yourself, it will not be taken as disgrace or shame. Make mistakes, be rebuked, stand corrected, and learn.

The Way of Tea is not to be found in books. It is through direct experience with our own bodies and not only our intellects that we can attain this state.

Cleanse your heart, remove all the dust of the world.

Tea, like cleaning, is not a skill to memorize but one that is acquired slowly by the body and the spirit.

(Text is quoted from "Tea Life, Tea Mind" by Soshitsu Sen XV, as were last week's posts.)

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