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The Tiger's Mouth Blog: Sacrifice

Reflections on the 8 Virtues


Courage to do what is right – Purity of heart and purpose – Selflessness


Offering a cup of tea awakens in me the spontaneous impulse to give. With the simple intention of taking care of the other, the movement of the arm connects the heart to the hand. I have to stay focused so I don’t spill anything. A smile appears on each side of the cup.

Tea offered with the heart connects me to others. It transforms an everyday gesture into a sacred moment. In the old times, the word sacrifice (« to make sacred ») meant an offering. If my every action was sustained by the clarity and precision of a tea offering, would every moment become sacred ?

Sincerity, spontaneity, rightness and altruism, if I could let these sentiments guide me in all circumstances, will I have more courage to do what seems right to me?


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