Tag: the way

Sensei Says. . .

Many of these sayings have appeared in the blog before, and students will recognize many of them from my own teachings. I have gathered them together to best of my recollection.  I hope you can add your own “sensei says” in the comments.

The term “sensei” has been translated as “teacher.” Quite literally from the …

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Letting go

“Some people think that holding on is what makes them strong. Sometimes it is letting go.”

Last year my father passed away and last weekend his longtime companion passed also. I am still at a loss after caring for my father for 10 years, and getting to know his companion in that time.  They were …

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Seeing with the mind’s eye

I went to a play the other night and the person next to me was recording it with their phone. Besides being annoying because the light from the phone was very bright in the darkened theater, the person recording it didn’t really get to enjoy the play.  At the intermission, I asked this person why …

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All in

All in is used in poker (Mr. Sweetpersimmon is a poker dealer) to bet everything you have.  There is nothing in reserve, you either win it or you are out.  How does this relate to chado?  When people say that they want to be present in the tea room … it has to be all …

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From the archives

I was reading through the blog and checking the stats.  There are a few posts that I think deserve more visibility, so here are a few from the archives:

Six years ago:

The nature of things There are no shortcuts Order from chaos Straight shooting On receiving teaching Observing vs. doing

Five years ago: In …

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