Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ichigo Ichie 一期一会

Zen concept of "Ichigo Ichie" 一期一会 is a Zen literally means One Time, One Meeting. The spirit behind it is that of transience. Any event or meeting is unique and should be revered as being once in a life time opportunity. This is often associated with tea ceremony to remind the participants that each tea event is unique. Photographs of Iwasaki san and Koike san after planting tea saplings at Jun Chiyabari. A ladybird, which is a sign of a healthy organic tea garden, celebrates this Ichigo Ichie. The inscription on Koike san's placard reads 一期一会 or Ichigo Ichie.

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