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Make a delicious bowl of tea; lay the charcoal so that it heats the water; arrange the flowers as they are in the field; in summer suggest coolness; in winter, warmth; do everything ahead of time; prepare for rain; and give those with whom you find yourself every consideration.A disciple remarked that this seemed elementary. Rikyu replied, "Then if you can host a tea gathering without deviating from any of the rules I have just stated, I will become your disciple." A Zen reply. Fascinating. --Robin Davidson, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a book I will never forget, and probably because I keep reading it again!
This book does indeed teach the history of tea and its preparation, but it also provides an eloquent introduction to Teaism and other aspects of Japanese culture.
I would recommend this short book to anyone interested in Asia, it's history and philosophy, and as well, it's tea.
I have read so many references to this book through the years that I finally gave in and read it. I enjoyed it but won't be adding to my permanent collection. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Catherine
The Book of Tea was and interesting read about the place of tea in Japanese culture and history, with ruminations thrown in about contrasting perspectives on architecture, interior... Read morePublished 7 days ago by JA's reviews