Tag: the way

Of art and artists

I have some artist friends and we talk about art and artists all the time. A few of them include: a musician (cello), a woodworker (studio furniture and sculpture), ceramic artist (vessels and sculpture), a dancer (modern and ethnic), a film director, a theater director, a landscape photographer, a writer (magazine/novel/essayist), and fashion designer among …

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Lifelong learning

At presentations and demonstrations of chado, I am often asked how long I have studied, or how long you need to study to attain tea master ship. This is kind of a loaded question for me.  The study of chado is so broad and so deep that it would take a lifetime to just know …

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Ichiwan kara peacefulness

In the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump, let us re-dedicate ourselves to the mission of peacefulness through a bowl of tea, and the principles of harmony, respect, purity and tranquility.  These are turbulent times and people are very emotional. I don’t post about politics or my own political views, but someone recently posted …

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Kokoro, the heart of tea

I recently had a return visit from someone who came to visit Issoan last year.   We served her tea and sweets and treated her as we would any other guest.  This time when she came back, she said that she was struck by how open and welcoming the students were.  In her experience, tea people …

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Preparing for this moment

Last week I was in Hood River, Oregon at the  Columbia Center for the Arts for a presentation on Meditations on the Way of Tea.  It was a beautiful venue in downtown Hood River, within sight of the majestic Columbia River.  As part of the month long activities for La Lluvia/The Rain art exhibition, it …

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