Two new classes forming for February 19
Introduction to Chado, 4:00 pm. 10 week Introduction to Chado the way of tea. For those who want to know more about Japanese Culture, this 10 week introduction will examine the arts of Japan through the ritual preparation and drinking of matcha, Japanese ceremonial tea. More information …
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I have recently begun okeiko again with Bonnie Mitchell-sensei via Zoom. I am so grateful for the time and energy that she invests in every lesson. It has been more than 18 years since I attended weekly okeiko. After so many years on the teaching side, being a student again is humbling. Yet every …
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Guest Post by Andrew Nguy. Andrew was in China on a Fulbright scholarship when Covid broke out. Andrew studied with me online through the Covid pandemic. He is now off to Yale for East Asian graduate studies.
One wintry morning as I roamed the halls of a temple in China’s historical southern capital, I received …
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It has been 65 days since we have been self-isolating here in Portland. Things were already starting to shut down when I decided to cancel all chanoyu classes, workshops, demonstrations and events and close Issoan tea room for teaching.
The tea room feels empty, but not lonely. Everyday, I zokin the tatami, hang a scroll …
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I just completed the week long seminar, Zen and Tea at Green Gulch Zen Center in California. The setting is serene and beautiful. Walking to Muir Beach is something that just feeds the soul. Waking the sound of birds and sitting zazen in the morning felt cleansing and empowering.
Thank you to all the sensei, …
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