言霊 (kotodama): power of words
Words, in themselves, are just lines, curves, circles. Yet, when we put our personal importance on them, they become 言霊。
In poetry and literature at large, words are cherished, as they not only convey information, but also impart knowledge, elicit new thoughts and feelingsW. hen I was learning ancient Chinese poetry in middle school as a requirement, I was constantly amazed at a how much sentiment, imagery, and information can a carefully chosen word convey. My Chinese teacher had told us to cherish words, and she would share stories of how some famous poet spent months debating between word choices for one single line.
In tea class, we reflect on zen statements every class before practicing tea. Reflecting on each single word helps us center ourselves each week, temporarily forget about other troubles and transforms us into tea world. Because we recognize the importance of zen statements, we were able to to feel the power of them.
Tea students in the Urasenke Urbana-Champaign association