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Title: The Way of the Tea Spirit of the Chinese Tea Ceremony


1
The Way of the Tea Spirit of the Chinese Tea
Ceremony
  • The Way of Tea is harmony, respect, purity and
    tranquillity. Tea brings forth the highest
    ideals of humanity, and where it is important to
    reflect on them for one's spiritual growth".
    ---Famous 16th-century tea-master, Sen Rikyu

2
When one drinks green tea, one drinks the chi
of the freshly picked tea leaves. Black tea, on
the other hand, mellows with age and improves in
flavor. In China they say, the grandfather
plants and raises the tea bushes, the father
harvests the tea, and the son finally gets to
drink it. Drinking this, hightens awareness and
rids the body of disease, bringing one closer to
the divinity inside.
3
Chado
  • Chado (The Way of Tea)
  • Chado experienced its prime during the the 16th
    century under the influence of the artist Sen
    Rikyu(1522 - 1591). The tea ceremony provided a
    venue and practice for recognizing the beauty of
    ordinary life. The aesthetic character of the
    ceremony was defined as wabi, or a rustic, simple
    quality -- a celebration of the humble aspects of
    life.
  • The basic idea of Chado can expressed by four
    Chinese characters Reverence (kei) - great
    respect for all things and beings Harmony and
    peace (wa) - deeply felt, honest sympathy with
    everything and everybody Inner and outer purity
    (sei) - in thought, deed, and word. Quiteness
    (jaku)

4
Finding The Way
  • Finding the way is reaching Tanquility. Harmony
    can be formed among all matters in the world such
    as people, flowers, tea bowls, and so on. In
    fact, in a tea gathering, people talk to each
    other and to every piece of equipment a host uses
    in silence to form harmony in a tea room. People
    must respect all matters without their status
    that is, people must not discriminate. For
    example, people use a crawl-through doorway to
    enter a tea room, so even a person who has a high
    social status has to lower his or her head to
    enter in although he usually lower his head.
    Purifying spirits is very important since the
    ideal spirit of the ceremony is a sort of
    religious mind. Then, after people can get the
    three ideas, harmony, respect, and purity, people
    can finally embody tranquillity.

5
The Tea Bush
  • All tea is made from the same bushThe tea bush
    belongs to the Camellia family, hence its Latin
    name Camellia Sinensis or Chinese shrub. The tea
    bush is a hardy evergreen and its leaves are
    shiny and pointed with a wonderfully fragrant
    aroma. The flowers of the tea bush resemble white
    buttercups. All the tea requires acid soil and a
    warm wet climate with at least fifty inches of
    rainfall every year. Left to grow wild, the tea
    bush would blossom into a tree. However on
    commercial tea gardens the bushes are pruned to
    waist height for easy plucking. This is still
    performed by hand and is an extremely skilled
    process as only the bud and top two leaves from
    every branch are picked.

6
Camellia Sinensis growing and picking
  • Most Tea picking is done early in the morning to
    avoid the wilting and damage of the tea . Tea
    leaves are picked in April, on clear days when
    the leaves are tender.

7
Three main types of Tea
  • Green tea If the leaves are dried quickly
    without fermentation, they become green tea.
    Green teas are highly favored by the Chinese and
    Japanese, and increasingly popular in the West
    because of their health benefits. 
  • Oolong Tea is semi-fermented, falling between
    black and green. The most famous, Formosa Oolong,
    originates from Taiwan (formerly Formosa Island).
    It has a unique peachy flavor.
  • Black tea If the leaves undergo the full
    fermentation process, they become black tea.
    Black tea is most popular form worldwide,
    accounting for 77 of the worlds production.
    Green teas represent 21 and oolong teas account
    for 2.
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