Tag: art of living

Paring back to the essential

Temae, the procedure for making tea, to our American eyes, may seem overly complicated and rigid with rules.   But these procedures have been refined for more than 400 years to be able to make a bowl of tea in the most efficient and beautiful way.

When we start to study temae, we start with …

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How to sharpen pencils

 

Book review:  I have just finished reading a book titled, “How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, and Civil Servants,” by David Rees.

This book classified in the humor section, but I read it with the seriousness of …

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Remembering winter chakai

I remember one of the most memorable chakai was at the Japanese Garden in Winter. The snow was softly falling and it was only the host and I. The scroll hanging in the tokonoma read, “Everything’s important, nothing really matters.”

He had opened up all of the windows to the tea house and made tea …

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