A lunar cycle of poems project - night 5
- ~~~Night 5, Hunter's Moon ( http://stardate.org/nightsky/moon ) ~~~
"Featureless was the Tea Way in the beginning,
zeal, self-control its only natural law.
Yet, whether there be rules or no,
let one but give up one's will
and, like a miracle, transformation will follow."
This poem reflects the original nature of tea ceremony, which is far removed from modern tea ceremony. There are many quotes and stories from the famous masters of old that even suggest that many of the founding tea masters would frown upon tea ceremony in its formal state today. However those tales and stories are for another time...
There is no author credited with this poem. Which perhaps is suiting given that the poem speaks of simple pleasure. Mu is the sign for nothing which affects the lives of guests and host at a true Tea Ceremony.
There is another saying that is on the page that I think bares inclusion, "In the fireplace there is neither guest nor host."
Poem source: 'Zen in the art of the tea ceremony - A guide to the tea way' , by Horst Hammitzsch.