Tag: mindfulness

Making a good bowl of koicha

During koicha temae, the teishu asks the shokyaku “Ofukukagen wa ikaga desu ka?” How is the tea.  Of course out of politeness, it is always “Kekko desu, or Taihen kekko desu” It is good and sufficient.  But we need honest feedback in order to improve how we make koicha.  One of my students told me …

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Archery and chado

I have recently taken up the sport of archery. It is not the Japanese form of archery, Kyudo, but modern target archery with a recurve bow. Now archery is not a sport of athleticism and it doesn’t take a lot strength, although you will see some guys at the range bragging about how many pounds …

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You have just two hands

All those rows of tools For cutting and chopping wood You have just two hands My husband is a woodworker and he has an impressive amount of tools in the shop for cutting and chopping wood. From large table saws with impressive blades to tiny knives and files. Yet he can only use his two …

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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 a …

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