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Old 07-21-2003, 09:47 PM   #4
opherdonchin
Dojo: Baltimore Aikido
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I think that an important aspect of the story is that the teacher did not challenge or preach to or upbraid or otherwise try to fix the student in any way. Indeed, the teacher in the story seems to embody two virtues that I think are central to communicating a spiritual message: witnessing and embodying. If you like, you can make it into one princple: witnessing both of others and of ourselves.

The ability to notice (to pay attention, to witness) is one of the most important abilities we have, and its power is often vastly underrated.

Yours in Aiki
Opher
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