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Dear Charlton,             
A year ago I was in Kyoto. From my notebook:
The day before I had visited Kobori al Ryoko-in, 
an incredibly beautiful ancient Japanese building 
with tiny old gardens. He gave me a small 
pottery jar & a square of calligraphy, with 
line characters.
  The first - meaning "nothingness"
  The second - meaning "event" or "making happen"
  The third meaning "this or that"
  The fourth, a double character, meaning "noble man"
    "Doing nothing, one is a noble man"
or
    "Not changing anything, one is a noble man"
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