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Samurai in the Teahouse

Demonstrating how samurai had to bow and remove swords and armor to enter the short, narrow door of the tea house, so experiencing humility and vulnerability as they entered the space. They also momentarily became equals with others in the room, all there together in that moment, appreciating the sincerity of the host.

This was at the conference on Buddhism, Science, and Future conference in Shenzhen, June 16, where I invited participants to enter the space with me in this manner. I was speaking on "Mastery and Mystery," the place where they co-exist in our efforts to know and control our world and our surrender to what life brings us that we can neither comprehend nor determine. These are the kinds of educational spaces that I design to create vital connectedness to our common humanity.

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