Roji (tea garden) at RINSEN

Nanpouroku Hisamatsu Shinichi

The essence of Rikyu’s teachings was this: the true self that is free from attachment and anxiety, dualistic notions of subject and object, has thrown out everything – the tearoom, tea garden, the implements, notions of host and guest, all rules, everything.

   It is said that you cannot veer from the teachings passed down from your master, such as the way you place your tea implements and your movements in the ceremony. However, if you have completely mastered those forms and methods down to the finest detail, you will find the freedom and infinite variety within those seemingly exact methods.

Photo: ©onomiki
Reference : Zenchyaroku (The Book of Zen Tea) Jukuan Sotaku



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