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Destination: …where?

“How do you know when the tea is ready?” This question is always on my mind as I shadow tea master, Fu Chen. Everything she does, I mirror. She observes the freshly picked leaves and I look and look. She…

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The Eggplant Parable

I get this feeling that I am wandering through life, picking up things – some of which are quite wonderful – like diplomas, knowledge, experience, and then not doing much with it. The first time I heard that phrase, “jack…

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Handmade

Everyday, we are sculpting our handmade lives. Whether we are making spreadsheets or dinner, our hands are busy making something. Here are some photos of how the people in Yilan, Taiwan use their hands daily. Staying here and living amongst…

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Kung Fu and Cultivation

Some things come to us in a flash, but most things take time and effort before great results are revealed.  In Chinese, they use the word “kung fu” to refer to this slow dedicated practice. For example, if you’ve been…

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A Tale Of Two Trees

  ***** Dharma Distilled ***** The Tsz Shan Monastery in Hong Kong looks like a Tang Dynasty era monastery, but was actually built  just recently, and opened to the public in 2015. Funded by Li Ka-Shing, Asia’s richest man, the…