Perhaps this is another way that Nakamura keeps his presence so calm: by reducing the number of plans he makes so that they fit easily into the time he has available, instead of trying to accelerate his life to accomplish a long list of projects.
When I compare his absolutely simple, almost bare, existence to the sophisticated level of his thought, I admire his decisions about what to prioritize in life. For all the time he spends cutting and gathering firewood, growing food, carving woodblocks, cooking, or just gazing into the fire, it doesn’t seem that his intellectual life has suffered in the least. It is as though the mastery he has achieved as a craftsperson suffuses all the other spheres of his life.
Andy Couturier spent 4 years studying sustainable living in rural Japan. There, he worked with local environmentalists and wrote for The Japan Times. Couturier has also built his own house with hand tools, and has taught intuitive writing for more than two decades. He is a student of many different Asian philosophical systems and is fluent in Japanese.
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