Wisteria / Hysteria

Hence, the utterances are instances of “springing forth”; master and disciple investigate together. The hearings are instances of “springing forth”; master and disciple investigate together. Master and disciple investigating together is the “twining vines” of the buddhas and ancestors. The “twining vines” of the buddhas and ancestors are the vital artery of “skin, flesh, bones, and marrow.” “Holding up a flower and blinking” is “twining vines”; “breaking into a smile” is “skin, flesh, bones, and marrow.” [Twining of Wisteria Vines]


葛藤 (hiragana かっとう, romaji kattō)
 conflict (psychology)
 tension (literary term)

From the tendency of the vines of 葛 (かずら, kazura, “creeper”) or 藤 (ふじ, fuji, “wisteria”) to become entangled.


Aufheben or Aufhebung is a German word with several seemingly contradictory meanings, including “to lift up”, “to abolish”, or “to sublate”. The term has also been defined as “abolish”, “preserve”, and “transcend”. In philosophy, aufheben is used by Hegel to explain what happens when a thesis and antithesis interact, particularly via the term “sublate”.


Kakuzo Okakura, The Book of Tea

Flowers, if you were in the land of the Mikado, you might some time meet a dread personage armed with scissors and a tiny saw. He would call himself a Master of Flowers. He would claim the rights of a doctor and you would instinctively hate him, for you know a doctor always seeks to prolong the troubles of his victims. He would cut, bend, and twist you into those impossible positions which he thinks it proper that you should assume. He would contort your muscles and dislocate your bones like any osteopath. He would burn you with red-hot coals to stop your bleeding, and thrust wires into you to assist your circulation. He would diet you with salt, vinegar, alum, and sometimes, vitriol. Boiling water would be poured on your feet when you seemed ready to faint. It would be his boast that he could keep life within you for two or more weeks longer than would have been possible without his treatment. Would you not have preferred to have been killed at once when you were first captured? What were the crimes you must have committed during your past incarnation to warrant such punishment in this?