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"To understand the Zen principles, a good starting place is shibumi. it is an overarching concept, an ideal. It has no precise definition in Japanese, but its meaning is reserved for objects and experiences that exhibit in paradox and all at once the very best of everything and nothing: Elegant simplicity. Effortless effectiveness. Understated excellence. Beautiful imperfection. James Michener referred to shibumi in his 1968 novel Iberia, writing that it can't be translated and has no explanation."...

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