Zen and my earthly desires

He asked: “Will all my earthly desires disappear if I practiced here?” Master answered: “No way! Your earthly desires will never perish. But they will start shining” A phrase from a dialogue between Fujita Issho, Zen practitioner, and Hoshina Machiko, … Continue reading

just a simple cup of tea, yet…? ただお茶を飲む、ということ

The TEA DRINKING that is known as cha-no-yu in Japan is not just drinking tea, but involves all activities leading to it, all the utensils used in it, the entire atmosphere surrounding the procedure, and last of all, what is … Continue reading

sabi against wabi  わびとさびの違い

To put it simply, “sabi” is based on nothing-ness, whereas “wabi” is a contrastive idea. It is “small” against “vast”; “subdued” against “colourful”; “deficient” against “abundant”; “modest” against “luxurious”. Yet, somewhat feeling self-superiority.  (“Sen-no-Rikyu”  written by Junzo KARAKI , writer … Continue reading

Beauty in the world of Tea (Cha no Yu) 茶の湯の美

Can something as subjective as beauty be shared and appreciated by everyone? TARO OKAMOTO says “When something is truly beautiful, it somewhat repels you” This might go against his view, but I found out that something that doesn’t even grab … Continue reading

See it with your naked eyes. 直下に観よ

柳宗悦は茶の文化を激しく批判した人でもあった。茶と言えば日本文化の総合的な結晶とも言える。所作、美意識、書、漢語、漢文、季語と季節感、花、香。全てに通じて初めて茶を知ることができる。 し かし、彼には現代の茶人はものを観る目を失ってしまっているかのように見えた。