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"Well, anyway, Einstein told us that if we want to solve a problem, we cannot do it with the same way of thinking that caused the problem. This touches on the core of our stress: our mentality is hopelessly out of date."

Yamada tries to take the last sip of his tea but discovers that he already has. He closes his eyes, sits in the Zen meditation position and mumbles, "Who or what can rescue us now?" Without opening his eyes, he continues, "Anyway it's getting late, Murphy-san. We will not solve this problem tonight. I'll come back to it later. Go now and get some sleep. You have had a hard day. Oyasuminasai !"

Murphy's not really sleepy yet. The conversation is too stimulating. In fact, he is beginning to follow this wise master’s train of thought better all the time. This man has thought about life; he has practical knowledge that Murphy can really apply. This was clear to Murphy while watching Yamada teaching his students back in Rotterdam. Yamada’s explanation of the stress model was so clear and he'd made it so interesting. Murphy is silently enjoying the thought of being the student of a real Zen master. Of course he still has much to learn, but he's confident that he'll absorb all this knowledge quickly, like a sponge. What a different perspective Yamada has developed towards life. It seems like pure wisdom, high-level wisdom!

"What?" "Good night!"

"Thank you for the wise lesson Yamada-san, these really are wise words!" he says excitedly.

Still with his eyes closed, Yamada says, "Murphy-san, here comes lesson number one: Wise words do not exist, wise deeds do!" Yamada opens his eyes and says, "Give this some good thought. Oyasuminasai !"

Murphy is momentarily flustered, but recovers and asks, "Before I go may I ask you one more thing? This afternoon, why did you thank me when you poured the tea?"

Yamada closes his eyes again and says with a smile, "I had what you might call a déjà vu . Here in Japan there is a well-known anecdote about the famous Zen master Nan-In.

"One day a great and well-known scholar came from England to the eastern master Nan-In to learn Zen philosophy. Each time the Zen Master tried to talk about the concepts of Zen, the professor responded immediately with 'Oh yes, that same idea was discussed by philosopher so-and-so'. Nan-In, who was very capable in

Sado , that is the art of pouring tea, poured a big cup for him, but kept on pouring

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