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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 alternate kindle_edition edition.
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This edition contains an introduction by Sam Hamill that provides historical insight into the significance of the tea ceremony within Zen Buddhism. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B08748P6TS
- Publisher : Open Road Media (April 21, 2020)
- Publication date : April 21, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2379 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 34 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #540,069 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I first fell in love with tea ceremony as a child watching "Alice and Wonder Land", then my love was evoked again in high school when I read "Memoirs of A Geisha" by Arthur Golden. (It's still my favorite book of all time, to this date!) I then found other books on reading tea leaves and using herbs to heal from Chronic Lyme Disease naturally, so ya, you could say I'm INTO tea.
In my herbalist certification class, we were told to <i>"sip tea as if it were life itself."</i> And I have ever since. It's similar to the yogic thought process <i>use what you've learned on the mat and live it off the mat, extending it out onto the rest of your life.</i> Same, same but different.
A few of my favorite quotes from the text:
<b><i>"Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage."
"Tea was Taoism in disguise."
"Matcha- froth of the liquid jade."</i></b>
I should mention that this title has NO RECIPES in it. It is more about Eastern (Japanese) culture, a history of tea, explanations of elegance and simplicity within tea ceremony, merging yin and yang, and getting the West and East to understand one another.
Not only did I find the tea tools lost throughout ancient history to be most fascinating, but the part on Flower Masters was not something I was expecting to be included. It was an added grace of decadence and a free feng shui lesson! (Another topic of interest to me.)
I am thankful to the community of volunteers who published these works after the author's passing. I've added many of his other titles to my list! For other snippets I found interesting, you can see my highlights and notes on Goodreads. I highlighted close to 50-some passages.
I downloaded this e-book while it was free on Amazon. I was under no obligation to write a review, my honest opinion is freely given. I have added the hardback to my Amazon shop (link in bio) for easy purchasing access if interested, or you can see if the e-book is still free, available for download. Happy reading!
It is not only a guide through history of tea, but a guide through the history of humanity, history of the relation between East and West and its values. The way it is written is poetic but it is still showing what the main differences between East and West are and how we are unable to understand the beauty of the moment, the beauty of present time, which is in the center of the tea ceremony.
Western people are so determined to stick to their past and trying so hard to conquer their future that they forget to enjoy the only time they really can feel, the only time in which they can do something: the present time.
A further caution is that the Book of Tea is not exactly any one of several things. It is not exactly a history of tea, or even the history of tea as a beverage of choice across the Far East Asian states. It is not a final word on Japanese history, philosophy or religion. It is not a stepwise how to book for the Japanese Tea ceremony although it is structured around how one should be designed, conducted and appreciated. All of these topics are touched up, but the book is appropriately brief with a narrow focus.
What Kakuzo Okakura has written is a survey class on a particular and peaceful aspect of Japanese culture. He distinguishes it from Western Thought. The book traces the development as a mixture of several forms, mostly Japanese Buddhism and Taoism. This way of thinking has had to survive suppression of things Chinese and bult on threads that resonated within a larger more complex Japanese’s Culture.
Further analysis risks failing to savor this way of thinking Via the tea ceremony, Okakure asks us to appreciate and reports how participants use the Tea Ceremony. The appeal is for taking time to appreciate minimalist art and the art the things that are, when not part of a tea service, simple kitchen tools. The reader like the participant is asked to slow down to ponder, to seek within and in so seeking see the more peaceful and soulful esthetic that co exists in the world beyond the ceremony.
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I wanted to briefly mention that the disappointing quality of this edition highlights Penguin's long recognised problem of spotty quality. The paper here is very cheap, making the book floppy and the cover is made from a cheap glossy stock. Inside, the text looks like it's been printed on as cheaply as possible, is blurry and a faded black. I own a lot of the Penguin Classics and have noticed that the quality isn't the same across, which is disappointing. The quality ranges from perfectly sharp text printed on good quality paper and a nice cover stock, to books that look almost like fakes in comparison. Penguin is a respected publisher and I expected better, especially for the expensive £8.99 cover price of 'The Book of Tea'. Maybe they've become too big, so poor quality slips through, unnoticed.
This book is very well presented, and is also part of penguin's little black classics. It will give you and any reader an insightful look into spiritism that is associated with tea and a slight critique on western tea practices. A great read for anyone interested in tea, or better yet LOVES tea. Perfect little stocking filler