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Old 08-20-2003, 03:41 AM   #2
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The articles that were mentioned are probably in Aikido Today Magazine July/August '03. One was an editorial, the other was the article "hot water for tea".

In the book "Ki: A Practical Guide for Westerners", William Reed discusses tea master Sen-no-Rikyu's seven principles. When his student said he already knew how to do everything mentioned, Rikyu declared that if the student could host a ceremony without losing any of these principles, he would become the student's disciple. William Reed goes on to fully describe the principles. The seven principles are:
  • Make the best possible bowl of tea.
  • Arrange the charcoal so that it just boils the water, without wasting heat.
  • Arrange the flowers as they are, to express their true nature.
  • In summer suggest coolness; in winter, warmth.
  • Anticipate well, and be prepared.
  • Bring an umbrella, even when the sky is clear.
  • Direct your full attention to your guests.

Reflecting on this makes me think I'm a babarian. I enjoy both my tea and aikido without ceremony. To me, ceremony is the practice of making something special, that is already special.

Last edited by tedehara : 08-20-2003 at 03:44 AM.

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