Tao of Tea

The preparing and serving of tea can be experienced as merely a beverage, or as an art form, or ultimately experienced as a prayer and meditation.

Go Drink Tea

Go Drink Tea

by Zen Master Dae Kwan on Apr 25, 2013 The following talk was given at the Opening Ceremony for Kwan Lin Chan Lin Zen Meditation Centre in Singapore, on September 25, 2012. In this world and in our life, many things are in duality: negative and positive, good and bad. When we hear something negative, we would probably feel bad. At that moment, our life is not on the middle path. Learning Zen gives us a way out; to be free from good and bad, free from our emotions. It … [Read more...]

“Well, have some tea.” ~ Zen Master Jyōshū

“Well, have some tea.” ~ Zen Master Jyōshū

Jyōshū was a Zen master from China. There are numerous famous dialogues that involve him of which the following is but one: One day a monk called upon Jyōshū. Jyōshū asked this monk: “Have you been here before?” “Yes” the monk answered. “I see. Well, have some tea.” Another time, a different monk called upon Jyōshū to whom Jyōshū asked the same question: “Have you been here before?” This time the monk answered “No”. Jyōshū's reply remained the same:  “I … [Read more...]

~ Lu Tung, “Tea-Drinking”

~ Lu Tung, “Tea-Drinking”

"The first cup moistens my lips and throat. The second cup breaks my loneliness. The third cup searches my barren entrail but to find therein some thousand volumes of odd ideographs. The fourth cup raises a slight perspiration - all the wrongs of life pass out through my pores. At the fifth cup I am purified. The sixth cup calls me to the realms of the immortals. The seventh cup - ah, but I could take no more! I only feel the breath of the cool wind that raises in my … [Read more...]