Sunday, September 9, 2012

In the open garden

If the soul is pure and the cha clean
If the mind is tranquil and the body at ease
Then the tea is alone
in the open garden
Without anyone to drink.

Wu Wei Hai

Tea session in Vieste, Italy.  Photo by Hiru.  


Jakub Tomek says:
at: September 10, 2012 at 9:22 PM said...

Awesome! Vieste can be so lovely! Our school organizes trips there from time to time. Where were you staying?

at: September 11, 2012 at 11:10 AM said...

Thank you Jakub,

I was there for the first time this summer, but already I fell in love with this place..
there is something special about it (and it agrees with tea :)

We stayed in a villa right by the sea, I think the street was called Lungomare Enrico Mattei..

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Drink your tea
slowly and reverently,
as if it is the axis
on which the world earth revolves.
Slowly, evenly,
without rushing toward the future.
Live the actual moment.
Only this moment is life.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Best to be like water,
Which benefits the ten thousand things
And does not contend.
It pools where humans disdain to dwell,
Close to the Tao.

Live in a good place.
Keep your mind deep.
Treat others well.
Stand by your word.
Keep good order.
Do the right thing.
Work when it's time.

Only do not contend,
And you will not go wrong.

Tao Te Ching, 8 / transl. Addis & Lombardo