Now one must tread the stage while cultivating their original expression, and successfully executing their original ideas. When a person of their 30s or 40s is on stage, their sincere heart is comparable to a flower, a flower they must bud and make bloom themselves through the execution of their own original creation. Zeami’s time was a time when an average life was but 50 years, and passing from the beginner’s mind of youth and beginner’s mind of maturity, there was one more beginner’s mind:
In their 50s, even by moving but one metre over the stage, the beauty of the spirit of a noh performer is comparable to a flower blossoming on an ancient wood. This is a very beautiful metaphor. And this is the metaphor one must carry to death; the blossoming flower of the performance withers and falls when the life-force has withered from and left the ancient root.
Zeami’s aphorism embodies the repetition of Dogen, the thought that through repetition humans continue to blossom throughout all stages of their life.
An excerpt from the lecture:
Samurai Tea and Hiroshima Culture - The Spirit and Modernity
Speaker: Ueda Sōkei, 16th Grandmaster of the Ueda Sōko Tradition of Tea