Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Intutive Writer

"An oryoki is a set of three nestled bowls, chopsticks, spoon, and cleaning utensil, all cozily wrapped in a cloth that serves as a placemat for Zen monks during silent zendo meals. The little stack is housed to the right of each monk's seat. When the meal bell sounds, within cushion-reach is everything one needs to pray, eat, and clean up afterward.

The meal rituaal is flawless thanks, in part, to the impeccably designed oryoki, but the design comes not so much from food as from listening.

Its beauty, elegance, and explicitness teach us how to live."

-Gail Sher, The Intuitive Writer

(I wish my own life could be so simple & elegant & within cushion-reach)