Cha Dao

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The art and practice of drinking tea is rooted in Daoism, and emerged from a philosophy that honored a life of grace and gratitude, balance and harmony, and fulfillment and enjoyment-what the ancient Chinese called Cha Dao, or the Way of Tea.

Cha Dao takes us on a fascinating journey through the Way of Tea, from its origins in the sacred mountains and temples of China, through its links to Daoist concepts such as wu wei or non-striving and the Value of Worthlessness, to the ...

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Cha Dao: The Way of Tea, Tea as a Way of Life

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Overview

The art and practice of drinking tea is rooted in Daoism, and emerged from a philosophy that honored a life of grace and gratitude, balance and harmony, and fulfillment and enjoyment-what the ancient Chinese called Cha Dao, or the Way of Tea.

Cha Dao takes us on a fascinating journey through the Way of Tea, from its origins in the sacred mountains and temples of China, through its links to Daoist concepts such as wu wei or non-striving and the Value of Worthlessness, to the affinity between Tea Mind and the Japanese spirit of Zen. Interspersed are a liberal helping of quotes from the great tea masters of the past, anecdotes from the author's own trips to China, and traditional tea stories from China and Japan. The unique health benefits of tea are also explored, and a chapter is devoted to the history, characteristics and properties of 25 different tea varieties.

This book will interest tea lovers, as well as those who want to learn more about tea culture, Daoist and Zen thought and practice, and Asian history and culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848190320
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Cha Dao 9

2 A Brief History of Tea in China 29

3 Lu Meets a True Tea Master 47

4 Tea Mind, Zen Mind 57

5 Just One Flower 77

6 The Slippery Art of Wu Wei: Or, the Art of Doing Nothing 81

7 One Last Cup 89

8 The Uncarved Block 95

9 The Man Who Knew Too Much: A Tale of Tea and Enlightenment 101

0 The Value of Worthlessness 115

11 A Daoist Tea Ceremony 123

12 Making a Cup of Tea 129

13 A Gong Fu Tea Ceremony 135

14 The Health Benefits of Tea 141

15 Types of Tea 149

16 Tea Time 159

17 A Few Last Words 163

Sources for Tea 167

Bibliography 169

About the Author 171

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