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November 21, 2016

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Apotheosis of the mundane life, like washing a bowl... or conducting a tea ceremony. I went to a tea ceremony last week in Kyoto conducted by a young Japanese guy who lived in a house within the Daitoku-ji Zen temple complex. He was not a monk but he was really into Zen. For him, the concentration required for every act in the tea ceremony was not an end in itself, but one of the ways to attain kensho. He said that many people get stuck in the means - the doing of the tea ceremony itself. And it's difficult not to get caught up in the means like sitting in a zendo, chanting, etc. Before he conducts a tea ceremony, he reminds himself that it is only a means to an end.

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