However, how one learns should differ according to the person. There were ancients who mastered writing exquisite informal characters, semiformal characters, and kana characters. They were so skilled in writin exquisite informal, semiformal, and kana characters, that they could, although untrained, discern the true nature of the charaters. Their inner meaning is the same, no matter what point one started learning: starting with the formal characters, the informal characters, the semiformal characters, or starting from the kana. Where one enters from should follow the disposition of the person. Thus, the elderly and the secular should most certainly only begin learning from the formal. After he has finished tempering his mastery of the art of the shoin daisu, then he should begin to intently study Soan style tea. The meaning of soan style tea cannot be attained in one lifetime.Those who teach should well consider this. Just as the saints pray for all people, respond to the large or small workings (of a person’s heart) and suddenly, gently there will be a beckoning path. Rather than trying to understand the handling of all the various utensils and so on, it is a mistake to fuss over these things.

Even merely a host, merely a guest on the soan path can learn all the important principles from start to end. With utensils too, he can decide on one or two, collecting those appropiate for his own possession after discussing it with his teacher. Those elderly or secular can remember how to place utensils, align the kane, and handle utensils entirely. On top of this, if you deeply comprehend the true heart (of tea), your studies will advance and soon it will be Tea. This should be different from how one studies the shoin style.