“We can’t understand our own health or what it means to be healthy without understanding the context of our lives.” - Colin Hudon
A very nice, well-researched podcast on the history of tea by our friend Steve Temkin:
The cultivation of Stillness, Awareness, Concentration, Wisdom and Presence. Includes Prayer, Offerings, Devotional Acts, the Study of Holy Texts and Masters of Bygone Eras. The intentional attendance to our interior lives. Existing freely in the fullness of our whole being.
Striving towards the ideal Good that is known through human-heartedness and the quiet voice of the conscience. To Be Good and Virtuous not as one Ought to be, but as one Is in their true Self. Morality based on the purification of the mind and emotions through meditation, self-observation and the insight that All Life is Connected. By embodying virtue in our lives, we invite other to strive for virtue within themselves.
3 Vitality –
All consciousness and matter is composed of energy vibrating at different frequencies, balanced by the emptiness within which all Form exists. Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is Form. The clarity of our Body (right practice), Feelings (right attitude), and Mind (Right Understanding) depend upon the energy composing our Being. Diet (Plant-based, Organic, Whole Foods), movement (Qi Gong, Dao In, Tai Qi, Yoga), healing (Chinese Medicine, Herbs, Acupuncture, Healing Arts), cleanliness, purity, and reverence for one’s self and one’s environment create the ripe conditions for a Life of Tea and Tao. These details of our daily life create the energy with which we serve tea and our clarity as harmonious channels of Tea Spirit.
Right Practice – Growing Deep Roots and Vast Canopy by way of the five brewing methods in our tradition.
From the Forest – Bowl Tea – Connecting to the Trees and Spirit of Tea. Pillar of Nature.
The Great Connector - Sidehandle Pot Bowl Tea - The casting off of qualitative mind to rest in our connection to others, to the leaf, and to the moment. Pillar of Nature.
Shaman's Brew - Boiled Tea - The ancient method of boiling earthy, dark teas in the spirit of Shennong and the misty, mythological origins of tea's first discovery.
Aesthetic Sensibility- Gong Fu Cha- The skilled craft, discipline and art form of brewing the perfect cup of tea. Alchemy is Sublimation, Sublimation is Art, Art is Expression, Expression is Flow, Flow is Natural, Natural is Graceful, Graceful is Beautiful, Beauty is Art, Art is Alchemy. Pillar of Taoism.
No Guru, No Method, No Dogma - Whisked Tea - To understand Zen, one must understand tea. To understand tea, one must understand Zen. Tea and Zen, one flavor. All is completed in one breath. Pillar of Zen.
5 Tradition- 4 Pillars – Honoring that which has come before and the generations to come. The 4 pillars of this tradition stem from the source and evolve through the traditions that have always treated Tea as a means of communing with Nature, with Oneself and with Others. The 4 pillars: Nature, Shamanism, Taoism, Zen.
6 Community – Being a Man or Woman for Others – Developing meaningful, authentic relationships with the proper utilization of tea as a bridge to connection: Service, Healing, Selflessness, Consideration, Love.
Hello Tea Friends and Family!!!
Welcome to the new website. We are very pleased to connect with our community through this new medium. Our intention with the website is to provide a place for you to find the finest tea, teaware and other tea-related treasures, as well as to create a symposium for dialogue, education, inspiration and curiosity. Oftentimes, Cha Ren (tea folk) discover the vast world of tea and wish to explore it deeper, though they feel overwhelmed by the profusion of online information (and misinformation). Just as we are committed to hand-selecting the finest Living Teas and quality teaware, we are also committed to sharing very reliable, inspiring, interesting material on tea types and varieties, cultivation methods, tea folklore and history, and Cha Dao (The Way of Tea).
We believe that tea is a Way of Life, A Dao. As such, it expands far beyond the rim of the cup and the rising steam. It blends with every aspect of life from the cleanliness and purity of food one consumes, to the practices of meditation and Qi cultivation to quiet the mind and hone the essence (Jing and Qi), to the way we interact with others and the harmony we find with nature. We relate to tea as a Way of awakening and embodying Presence in our lives. Our sincere wish at Living Tea is to share this Way. This blog will be a forum for reflection on this Life of Tea. Please visit often as we will be posting reflections, insights and photos regularly. Thank you for joining us on this winding, cloud-hidden path. May we meet very soon over a steaming bowl.