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<a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f1/Mampukuji.jpg"> Mampukuji </a>, an Obaku Zen Buddhist temple in Uji, Kyoto, Japan.
Mampukuji , an Obaku Zen Buddhist temple in Uji, Kyoto, Japan.

Story Traveler: The First Principle

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This is the story of acting without doing and working with less effort. When one goes to the Mampukuji, an Obaku temple in Kyoto, Japan, they will see the words "The First Principle" carved above the gate. Listen along as zen master Kosen's work is critiqued time and time again by his own pupil and why his calligraphy has been a part of the temple for over 200 years.

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.

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Gioia Timpanelli
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