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  • Though we may keep a little quiet about this especially when young we tend deep down to be rather hopeful that we will eventually

  • Managed to find perfection in a number of areas

  • We dream of one day securing an ideally harmonious

  • relationship deeply fulfilling work a happy family life and the respect of others

  • But life has a habit of dealing us a range of blows and leaving nothing much of this array of fine dreams

  • Save some shattered and worthless fragments

  • It's at moments of disillusion that we might turn our minds to a concept drawn from Japanese Philosophy and in particular

  • from the Zen Buddhist approach to ceramics

  • Over the centuries zen masters developed an argument that pots cups and bowls that had become damaged

  • She simply be neglected or thrown away

  • They should continue [to] attract our respect and attention and be repaired with enormous care this process

  • Symbolizing a reconciliation with the floors and accidents of time

  • intended to reinforce some underlying themes in zen

  • The word given to this tradition of ceramic repair is Kin [TsUchi] Kin

  • Golden [Sookie]

  • Joinery it means quite literally to join with gold in

  • Zen aesthetics the broken pieces of an accidentally smashed pot should be carefully picked up reassembled and then glued together with lacquer

  • Inflected with the most expensive gold powder there should be no attempt to disguise the damage the point is to render the fault lines

  • Beautiful and strong the precious veins of gold are there to emphasize that breaks have a philosophical merit all of their own

  • the origins of Kin TsUchi are set a date the muromachi period When the shogun of Japan

  • Ashikaga Yoshimitsu broke his favourite tea Bowl and distraught sent it to be repaired in China

  • but on its return

  • he was horrified by the ugly metal Staples that had been used to join the broken pieces and

  • Charged his craftsmen with devising a more appropriate solution what they came up with was a method that didn't guys the damage

  • But made something properly artful out of it

  • Consumer belongs to the zen ideals of webby Savvy which cherishes what simple unpretentious and aged?

  • Especially if it has a rustic, or weathered quality a story is told of one of the great proponents of webby Sappy sin

  • No, rick you on a journey through Southern Japan

  • He was once invited to a dinner where the host thought he will be impressed by an elaborate and expensive

  • Antique teacher that he had bought from China

  • but rick you didn't even seem to notice this item and

  • Instead spent his time chatting and admiring a braj swaying in the breeze outside in

  • Despair at his lack of interest once [wreak] you'd left the devastated host smashed the jar to pieces and retired to his room

  • But the other guests more wisely gathered the fragments and stuck them together through

  • Kinsuka when r Eq next came to visit the philosopher turned to the repaired jar and with a knowing smile exclaimed

  • Now it's magnificent

  • in an age that worships youth

  • Perfection and the new the art of consumer tains a particular wisdom as applicable to our own lives as it is [to] [potts]

  • The care and love expended on the shattered pieces should also encourage us to respect. What is damaged and scarred?

  • Vulnerable and imperfect starting with ourselves and those around us

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Though we may keep a little quiet about this especially when young we tend deep down to be rather hopeful that we will eventually

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