“The art of the Tea Way consists simply of boiling water, preparing tea and drinking it.” Sen no Rikyū (1522-1591), Way of TeaSimple advice—boil water, prepare tea, drink it—but not always easy to do. The world has become such a fast paced place. Our modern existence owes much to being connected, being scheduled, and, being busy. Sometimes part of that is making things more complicated than they need be. We've become so used to things being busy, being complicated, that we forget how to let go and let things just be.
Even the Gongs can become part of the everyday circus: do you have the latest Gong, the fanciest new mallet, a special carpet, candles, and on and on. It can be easy to get caught up in the distractions of life, playing, yet forgetting to take the time to listen ourselves. We can learn from Rikyū to leave the unnecessary behind.
Set up, play the Gong, and listen to it.There is nothing more that is needed.
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