The Way of Tea

The Color of the Mountains

The Color of the Mountains

Many people are surprised to find that Chanoyu, the Japanese tea ceremony, is not a ceremony at all. Chanoyu literally means "hot water for tea" and is a Zen art. Its four hundred year history is filled with stories of Zen personalities and Tea masters...

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Japanese Aesthetics Through A Tea Bowl

Japanese Aesthetics Through A Tea Bowl

"Ceramics is one of the few arts that go beyond the self - the artist's ego - and into the realm of prayer." Raku Kichizaemon, the fifteenth grand master of the Raku line of potters, creates avant-garde works of ceramic art rooted in 450 years of tradition. With a tea...

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The World in a Bowl of Tea

The World in a Bowl of Tea

It is bright and clear this San Francisco morning as I arrive for my tea lesson.  I climb the steps of an ordinary looking building, walk through the door, and enter the world of tea. The fragrance of incense and the gentle rustling of my sensei's kimono greet me from...

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A Japanese Garden

A Japanese Garden

Here is a beautiful quote from the curator of the Portland Japanese Garden, Sadafumi Uchiyama. He expresses the essence of a tea garden and for me, the essence of Japanese art and culture.  

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Deconstruction of a tea house

Deconstruction of a tea house

This is a fascinating deconstruction of a tea house. It's all glass, whereas tea houses of the past were dark, enclosed spaces where you could hardly see. Light and shadow were paramount aspects. But here - all is revealed. I would love to have tea in this space....

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Trillium satori

Trillium satori

Yesterday, as I was walking through my garden with a friend, she discovered this wonderful and mysterious Trillium - a precious, native orchid. It was hidden away and I had no idea it was in the garden. Did I plant this years ago and forgot about it? A Trillum is...

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The Way of Tea

The Way of Tea

I am fortunate to study with Soei Christy Bartlett Sensei who narrates this video. Tea inspires my daily life. The practice is about living in this moment. What is that? It takes many forms, but one of the most beautiful is Chanoyu. http://youtu.be/O4tEdaNmwzA  ...

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Stones are priceless

Stones are priceless

Stones are priceless in Japan. I"ve seen gardens created in the 16th century that have stones and rocks imported from far away that are worth their weight in gold. Seriously. It"s part of the statement of a lord or king"s garden - or in Japan"s case - the Shogun"s...

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