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But You Never Once Honoured Me.
The Virtuous Anonymity? The idea of "ideas" seems to take up a large presence in today's world: everyone knows Steve Jobs but few are familiar with the companies or technologies that enabled iPhone. Having an idea is one thing, but as a daughter of craftspeople, I am...
You see? You see?
The reasons to stay bare It was the time when I was the only person living in the temple, except, of course, Oshosama. Some people would come by to help with cleaning and maintenance every day, but I still had a full on my plate. Grass to be plucked, meals to be...
Yes or No?
and What's Left Unsaid Precision and brevity are the tools you learn to acquire at the temple. Achieving precision with fewer words: I can’t say I’ve mastered the skill, but at least now I recognise a person who is good at it. It all comes down to this... “Yes or No?”...

You see? You see?

The reasons to stay bare It was the time when I was the only person living in the temple, except, of course, Oshosama. Some...

Yes or No?

and What's Left Unsaid Precision and brevity are the tools you learn to acquire at the temple. Achieving precision with fewer...

You see? You see?

“No,” I said. No point in faking. He knows.

He started walking, through the corridor, into the kitchen, then to the hearth room. Then he asked, “You see?” I didn’t understand what I was supposed to “see.” So I remained silent.

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What Oshosama Does not Say…

Without a Master, I Come To Enlightenment. "Dharma couldn't have been the zen originator by himself." I was listening to a zen analects lecture online, and this conversation popped up. I have come to notice that lineage is very important in zen; Dharma is the first...

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Grandpa Lost His Horse.

Grandpa Lost His Horse.

“Why can’t you be happy when you’re meant to be?” The idea of suppressing emotions repelled me: it felt as though taking away all the juice of life, leaving boring and dry pulps.

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Oshosama, I’m Fighting With My Ego Every Day.

Me Too. I have written more than a few Wisdom Blogs under the tag Oshosama Says. Oshosama is a  way to address an abbot of a temple, as some of you may be familiar with the term “Osho”. And “sama” is an honorific suffix. In the Zen temple in the north of Kyoto, I...

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How to Break The Pattern No Longer Serving You

From that practice, though, something was starting to manifest. He realised what he had learnt in his high school time was the pattern to win a high school tournament. He perfectly fitted himself into the mould. But at the university and for the world-level competition, he had to break out of it. And he had to do it by himself.

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