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A calm heart will cross the worlds – seamlessly, warmly and in peace.

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Zen teacher, Haikujo, was walking through the forest with a disciple.  A hare scurried off at their approach.

 “Why does the hare fly from you.”  Haikujo asked.

“Because he is afraid of me,” the disciple answered.  

“No,” said Haikujo, “it is because you have a murderous instinct.”

Story from The Book of Tea, written by Okakura Kakuzo

 

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The Schools and Virtues of Tea

“The tea-plant, a native to southern China, was known from very early time to Chinese botany and medicine…and was highly praised for possessing the virtues of relieving fatigue, delighting the soul, strengthening the will, and repairing the eyesight.” 

“The Taoists claimed it as an important ingredient of the elixir of  immortality.”

“The Buddhists used it extensively to prevent drowsiness during their long hours of meditation.”  

In Japan, “[t]he beverage grew to be an excuse for the worship of the purity and refinement, a sacred function at which the host and guest joined to produce for the occasion and the utmost beatitude of the mundane.”

“The tea-room was an oasis in the oasis in the dreary waste of existence where weary travelers could meet to drink from the common spring…”

Quotations from Okakura Kakuzo’s The Book of Tea

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Peace and Humanity in A Cup of Tea

Peace for Humanity - A Cup of Tea

Yes, it really is that simple!

“Strangely enough [or really not so strangely at all :)] humanity has so far met in the teacup.” – Okakura Kakuzo

From the ancient Chinese fields, to the bustling streets of New York, tea has become a part of lives the world over!

A beverage for taste, for health, and for fashion! 

“There is a subtle charm in the taste of the tea which makes it irresistible and capable of idealization.” – Okakura Kakuzo

We love tea for its simple elegance – its clean esteem, its sociability, its quiet solitude, its confidence.   It is a tool which gives us permission to just be.  To be real.  To be who we are.

We love tea for its simple beauty; a beauty we unfold and realize in ourselves with each everlasting sip.  And with that appreciation we see and love the multitude of simple beauties all around us.

Our lives become rich the joyful appreciation of simplicity.  The simplicity of all  things and all moments.  We have practiced this – an awareness of the simple beauty – with each and every sip of tea!

It becomes our nature: each moment, endlessly overflowing with simply joy!  And we say with a smile,

“Dear friend, join me for a cup of tea!”

And all the World and Humanity is at Peace.

Sip Tea Often, Share with Others and Be Happy!

Inspirations from Okakura Kakuzo’s The Book of Tea

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“Those who cannot feel the littleness of great things in themselves

are apt to overlook the greatness of little things in others.”

– Okakura Kakura, The Book of Tea

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Published originally in 1906, Okakura Kakuzo is captivating me

with his literary elegance and mastery of the art of tea.

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Master Kakura was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1862

According to the inside sleeve of the book:

Master Kakuro was born in 1862.  He was “a Japanese art and cultural critic who later served as an advisor and a curator of the Department of Japanese and Chinese Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from 1903 to 1913.”

It seems that Master Kakuro wrote the book in English originally.

This book offers a unique traditional perspective from 100 years ago – without a translation gap to English.

There are seven chapters in the book.  I plan to read a chapter every two days.

From this project I wish to gain a deeper insight on the art and beauty of tea and its preparation; as well as how to cultivate one’s life to create happiness and harmony 🙂

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