Tsukubai, the stone wash basin for the tea room at Ryoanji Temple, has
an inscription that speaks to all followers of Japanese arts:
"I learn only to be contented."
He who learns only to be contented is spiritually rich, while the one who does not learn to be contented is spiritually poor, even if he is materially wealthy.
This concept is important in the Zen philosophy.
Stitched by Carol Brown
The Venerable Maple evokes not only the age of the tree but also the constant renewal of life. This design is stitched on double width black gold fabric, which has a warp of black silk and a weft of fine strands of gold leafed paper alternated with black silk threads.
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