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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.
It will change your prospective, and it will teach you that prospective is everything.
First off, not really about tea. It's an overview of the history and philosophy of China and Japan through talking about tea. Read morePublished 3 days ago by taylor storey
I enjoyed this book because of its accuracy and detail. The author seemed to be informed about the world of tea including the medicinal aspects. The cover caught my eye. Read morePublished 17 days ago by VVM
I believe it is good as an introductions of related philosophies that made the foundation of the tea ceremony. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hoge
A historical document of Japanese religious tea by a pioneer, Okakura Tenshin. Yet the book itself is not good. It is not a readable book. It is not interesting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by P. M. MUROYAMA
Lost in translation on this one. I was half way through the classic edition of this book when Amazon made it no longer available... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Debbie Wilson
I bought this book to learn more about Japanese
culture. I am into their food and music and meditative lifestyle now that I'm older. Read more
This is a clear background about the tea ceremmony in japan and the subleties that surround it in a tea room.Published 5 months ago by Steve Beal
I first saw this book in 1980 and was happy to find it at amazon. It is a great and simple reference for understanding the Zen of tea.Published 6 months ago by Annette M. Marcus