January 20th, 2013

The Japanese tea master Rikyu built a teahouse on the side of a hill overlooking the sea. Reputation of the incredible view spread far and wide. Guests arrived, expecting to see an amazing ocean panorama. When they arrived, they were disappointed to find that the view was completely blocked by trees. There was a sign at the front door that instructed visitors to wash their hands at the basin just near the door. As they bent down to wash their hands, they noticed an opening in the trees that could only be seen from the bent position. In the humble posture of the bow, with water flowing from ladle to hands, they were greeted by the most spectacular view of the ocean. In gratitude and humility, they saw so much more than a view. They saw the connection between the basin water and the ocean. They saw their own reflection in the water. They knew they were not separate.

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