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The Ancient Art of Tea: Wisdom From the Old Chinese Tea Masters Hardcover – March 10, 2011
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"It is my hope that this book will encourage others in the West to pick up where the ancients and the author left off and go out and search for sources of sweet water here in North America. … It is time for us to pick up the mantle and spread the word, Tea." —Dr. Eric Messersmith, Institute for Asian Studies, Florida International University
"This is not a practical book about how to prepare tea in modern times, but a book about the development of tea culture. The book is aimed at people who love tea. Not only drinking tea, but the artful process of making it." —Chinese Hacks
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The addition of a central photo section is nicely done, and the appendices are short but useful. Overall, a wonderful little book that should appeal to both those interested in Chinese Tea culture, and those interested in ancient China. Highly recommended.
I cannot express my delight in reading Warren Peltier's very fine, comprehensive and sensitive translations with accompanying interpretations and well researched commentaries of some of the many writings of imminent Chinese tea masters on the various important points concerning tea through the ages in China. There is of today no other such source of information available in the English language and Warren Peltier's contribution to the lovers of fine Chinese tea cannot be over estimated.
The Ancient Art of Tea, is not only very well researched, it touches on all the most important points from both a historical and a modern practical point of view of how to brew a perfect cup of tea for achieving that exulted state of mind, that through the ages has inspired philosophers, poets, artists and everyone else and given them a sense of sublime being in peace and harmony with nature.Read more ›
This is not an informative text on styles of tea. Instead this is translated wisdom of old Chinese tea masters throughout the ages. There sections are as follows:
The Art of Tea
Water for Tea
Preparing Fire for Tea
The Taste of Tea
Refinement in Tea
There are also a dozen or so really nice full color photos in the middle of the book. But this is a book all about slowing down and enjoying tea. It's a fun read even for those that are not tea experts. The sections are all broken down well, so you don't have to read it front to back. You can turn to a particular page and just absorb little bits at a time. Makes a great coffee table book, though the cheap paper does have a tendency to tear easily.
A fine book marred by subpar paper quality! Perhaps the Kindle edition is better since you won't have to worry about the paper quality. Though using an electronic device for a book about letting go and enjoying the simple things in life is kind of ironic!
As a tea connoisseur, as well as a student of Chinese language and culture, I found this book to offer wisdom, especially to the westerner, that is scarce to find elsewhere in the English language. I particularly enjoyed learning about the artistic orgins of tea, and the five different names or characters listed by Lu Yu, author of the "Classic of Tea" during the Chinese Tang Dynasty (581-907 CE). For instance, besides the most common name of "cha", which also refers to early picked tea, there is the less common name of "ming", which refers to late picked tea, and the name of "jia" which refers to any bitter tea (pages 25-26).
Other meaningful insights were gained into a much better understanding regarding the importance of water. The relationship to Daoism is brought to light when the author draws upon the ancient wisdom of Zhuang Yuan as revealed in "The Record of Tea" during the Chinese Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE). I especially like the metaphysical analogy refering to tea as the "essence" of water, while water is the "substance" of tea, with water being the "yin" element and tea being the "yang" (page 54).Read more ›
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Reading the blurb about this book, I admit I was expecting it to be a large scholarly work, I was a bit surprised when I opened my package and found a fairly small book that was... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amanda Wilson 'SoggyEnderman'
not worth it....you can get this kind of info on internet....basically redundant historical treatises on "proper" tea making.... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Anthony
I am an absolute tea fanatic. I have always wondered about tea and what it meant to be a 'Tea Master'. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Carryon Baggins
I am writing to express my gratitude for the book, 'The Ancient Art of Tea', which I am now reading. Read morePublished on March 22, 2014 by Lou B.
I follow and live the ancient Tea way! Tis book is very professional, severly elaborate on procedures issues of the old maaters!Published on February 10, 2014 by M.ark Calmwind