every day magic

April 5, 2010

So this, should I be so bold as to use the word “discipline,” of meditation or Za-zen lies behind the extraordinary capacity of Zen people to develop such great arts as the gardens, the tea ceremony, the calligraphy, and the grand painting of the Sum Dynasty, and of the Japanese Sumi tradition.  And it was because, especially in tea ceremony — which means literally “cha-no-yu” in Japanese, or “hot water of tea” —  they found in the very center of things in everyday life, magic.

In the words of the poet Hokoji, “marvelous power and supernatural activity, drawing water, carrying wood.”

– Alan Watts

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