Apart from the practical benefit of translation, I love being able to see pages in
Greek or Gujarati. But, since I've realised it can garble ideas out of all recognition, I'm
just trialling GT here: if you try viewing it in another language, do tell me how it reads!

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Setember 9th 2013

Hi Ita,
Thanks for thinking of me and sending the link, it's inspiring to venture into with the sense of many wondrous adventures.
My one query is ' the return to the way' feels dogmatic like there is a way, one way or right way which for me creates some judgement and tension, my inability to accept authority or surrender.
Your tone throughout though is welcoming and playfully inviting, encouraging each individual to cultivate their own relationship which elicits the hope of an enduring love affair with a great friend.
Much love
Claire
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Hi Claire,
Thanks for your enthusiastic response!
Re. the 'returntotheway' name: it came about after I'd thought up lots of others but kept getting unenthusiastic responses from the I Ching about them all.
Finally, I asked directly what the best name for the site would be. The answer was 'the Taming Power of the Small', with the first line which says:
'Return to the way. How could there be blame in this? Good fortune.'
Since the Taming Power of the Small is such a humble, gentle kind of hexagram - and the 'return to the way' advised is one of retreating, and not trying to obtain anything by force, it hadn't really occurred to me that the name could come across to others as strident and dogmatic, but I take your point and realise it would be good to clarify that I'm not coming along as a dogmatic Daoist and starting some kind of cult of the one true way!
It’s probably best thought of as 'A return to the way', in the sense of there being many ways...and many ways to return to them.
Somewhat more eloquently put by Kahil Gibran:
Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth."
Say not, "I have found the path of the soul." Say rather, "I have met the soul walking upon my path."
For the soul walks upon all paths.
The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.
The soul unfolds itself like a lotus of countless petals.

Much love too,
Ita
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June 28th 2013
Dear Shenpen Chökyi,
I am intoxicated by your work. Enlightening texts and beautiful images:
a profoundly spiritual and mesmerising masterpiece.

Veronica Wakefield
London, England
June 23rd 2013

I spent some time on your website and enjoyed both the words and the
images. Your orientation as an artist and as a spiritual seeker combine in a vey deep way that can’t help but contribute to what often seems a daunting task of restoring balance to life. Keep crankin!
Best Regards,
Bill Witherspoon
artist, Iowa, U.S.
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