Jul 18, 2015

SweetPersimmon Blog has moved

The SweetPersimmon blog will no longer be published here.  Please go to the SweePersimmon blog at Issoantea.com website.  Please update your bookmarks as I will continue to write the blog as long as I can.  You can also explore seasonal notes, a recommended reading list, articles and links to other chado related sites.

This blog will remain here as an archive, but all new posts will appear at the other site. So head on over there and I will be seeing you there in the future.


Jul 12, 2015

Ieyasu words of wisdom

"Life is like walking along a long road shouldering a heavy load; there is no need to hurry.

One who treats difficulties as the normal state of affairs will never be discontented.

Patience is the source of eternal peace; treat anger as an enemy.

Harm will befall one who knows only success and has never experienced failure.

Blame yourself rather than others.

It is better not to reach than to go too far."

-~Precepts on the secret of success in life drafted by Tokugawa Ieayasu 1604 from the collection of en:Nikkō Tōshō-gū.

Jul 2, 2015

Time stands still

I have been reviewing the early entries of this blog, some were written more than eight years ago. I am surprised at how they have held up and the entries are as relevant today as they were when they were written years ago. 

I  have also been looking at the blog statistics.  Some of these posts have not gotten a lot of traffic, and I'd like to highlight them for readers who have not read them before.  If you have been reading from the start, here they are again, like old friends. 

Please try to stay cool this summer enjoy your holidays and enjoy this cooling image of the tsukubai in the summer

Shoshin, the beginner's heart

How can I cherish this moment?

Appreciation, the forgotten art

No trivial acts


In search of authenticity

Living with ambiguity and no right answers