Clear stream, no stopping point
清流無間断（seiryuu kandan nashi)
The beauty of this scroll comes from the serene imagery it provokes: the thought of a clear, fresh stream with no rocks stopping its path. Rivers with rocks in the way are hostile, throwing white, foamy water at the dark boulders, trying to get past. But a stream with no rocks is calm and delicate.
The ideal spiritual state of mind is represented by this statement: a limitless feeling of calm, forgetting troubles and deadlines, letting the beauty of life embrace you. There are no rocks in your path. Your life is unblemished. Nothing is hindering your progress towards your hopes, dreams, goals, whatever. You are locked in a state of ultimate serenity, because, for now, nothing’s in your way. There may be rocks ahead, but not now.
Tea students in the Urasenke Urbana-Champaign association