Tea and spirituality


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Tea and spirituality

Postby Samovar » Aug 27th, '07, 15:09

Are there any books that look at tea as a way of life or from a spiritual point of view?

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Postby Samovar » Aug 27th, '07, 15:41

Thank you, Mocha Wheels.

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Postby Space Samurai » Aug 27th, '07, 16:18

Okakura Kakuzo's Book of Tea explores tea and japanese aestheticism through the Tao and Zen.
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Postby Michael_C » Aug 27th, '07, 16:40

I would strongly second the Okakura recommendation, as it is the best summary of teasism I have yet seen articulated.

I notice that most (all?) of the western literature on tea emphasizes 'calm', 'peace', 'tranquility', and the like... those are very, very loaded terms... tea can be difficult, and strange, and nonsensical as well. If it were only a source of calm, there would be no appeal in it save the most superficial.
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Postby Samovar » Aug 28th, '07, 07:37

Thank you for all your replies.

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Postby tomasini » Aug 29th, '07, 21:55

The Book of Tea really changed and effected my life...and that's no over zealous tea exaggeration. His poetry, the level with which he expresses Tea and all that it is, is quite touching for anyone with an open mind to it.
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Postby Marky » Aug 29th, '07, 23:41

The Book of Tea is available to read online for free. (Link below)

http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext97/tboft11.txt
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Postby Samovar » Aug 30th, '07, 08:02

tomasini wrote:The Book of Tea really changed and effected my life...and that's no over zealous tea exaggeration. His poetry, the level with which he expresses Tea and all that it is, is quite touching for anyone with an open mind to it.


Thank you, Tomasini.

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Postby Samovar » Aug 30th, '07, 08:03

Marky wrote:The Book of Tea is available to read online for free. (Link below)

http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext97/tboft11.txt


Thank you, Marky. Since I cannot wait to get the book, I can start to read it now!

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