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The Tea Crane Blog — Tea-ceremony

Does technology have a place in the rite of tea?

Posted by Tyas Sōsen on

I am an active promoter of traditional values, standards and ways. I enjoy to work with a tea scoop that has pedigree and an amazing story to it, and feel the spiritual value of carving a tea scoop self handedly as opposed to employing a 3D printed object. But I am also curious. Is there perhaps a place for ‘digital craftsmen’ in the tea environment? Or can digitally created objects at least give us a distant, but real engagement with old objects that contemporary practitioners would otherwise have no chance of engaging with?

 

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Raising the Bowl of Tea

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Raising the bowl before we consume tea may seem as a trivial gesture, but in essence it engraves in our hearts the knowledge we need to gratefully and respectfully build our interdependent relationship with mother earth.

 

 

 

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About ‘Buji’

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Becoming able to perfectly execute an art is not where our realization of mastery ends, it is where the journey towards true mastery begins.

 

 

 

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Meditation in Hospitality; Hospitality in Meditation

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The rite of tea is meditation in practice. It is only through the exercise in hospitality that this rite becomes meditational, and it is meditational because the activity and environment demands the practitioner’s full attention and focus. Through meditation, an adept trains in 1) introspection to understand and accept his/her true nature, and 2) selflessness to take peace with who he/she in essence is to enable oneself to fully commit to love and give to others. It is this component of meditation that is essential to the rite of tea, for without the ability to unconditionally love and give to others, a service of tea cannot come about.

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About Nostalgia

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The future is what lies ahead of us. It is the only direction we can go. But what the future will become is not set in stone. It is what we do today that will affect the course we take in shaping the day of tomorrow. The past is what is done, and cannot be changed. But that does not mean that it isn’t valuable. The past is a resource we can rely upon for insight and information that will help us to create a brighter future.

 

 

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Once-and-once-only – My thoughts on ‘Ichi-go Ichi-e’.

Posted by Sōsen Tyas on

You will be reading this text with a certain feeling, but you will never be able to experience that exact same feeling again. You have gained knowledge, you have had an experience that changed you and that will have changed how you read this text the next time.

 

 

 

 

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The beauty of imperfection

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For the rite of tea, utensils that are slightly damaged, or slightly faulty shaped are favored over mechanically looking seemingly ‘perfect’ utensils. While in the West we would simply throw away a teacup that fell to pieces, in Japan these objects are skilfully mended with for example gold lacquered glue, and may in addition become even more valuable than when they were whole.

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About the Shukō Tea Gathering in Nara

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Shuko Tea Gathering 2017In 2010, Nara celebrated the 1,300th anniversary of its ascension as Japan's imperial capital. Nara was Japan's capital during the Heian period (710 to 794) before it was moved to Heian-kyō, what is nowadays known as Kyōto. Contemporarily, Nara city is the capital of Nara prefecture, and still houses some of the greatest and oldest Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara. Specifically Tōdai-ji, Saidai-ji, Kōfuku-ji, Kasuga Shrine, Gangō-ji, Yakushi-ji, Tōshōdai-ji, and the Heijō Palace are noteworthy.

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Entry into the Realm of Compassion - The ‘Nijiri guchi’.

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Find the little ‘nijiri guchi’ in your heart and open it to let love and compassion fill our human lives.

 

 

 

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Tea ceremony Kyūgetsu

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Our Tea ceremony initiations for foreign travelers in Kyoto will from now on be available from our renewed homepage www.tea-ceremony-kyoto.com, under our new name ‘Tea ceremony Kyūgetsu’.

 

  

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