Thursday, June 21, 2012

茶 人

Modern Chinese tea culture traces its roots to Ming dynasty. When tea culture evolved into a pursue of the perfect life style.
With the Chinese culture there has always been a pragmatic and materialistic orientation. Chinese in its 6 millennium of culture has only produced 2 indigenous “spiritual” movement. Daoism and Confucianism both of which concentrated mainly on the here and now.
The purpose of man in this world is an irrelevant question to the Chinese. Rather how a man should live, eat, sleep, talk, war, sex and conduct of politics is a more central preoccupation of Chinese.
Within this pragmatic milleu evolved this special spiritualness of the Chinese. Tea culture would be one of this expression.
Brewing tea, making tea, drinking tea is a everyday daily affairs for everybody. Whether rich, powerful or poor. It is an experience of here and now. Be with ourselves. 

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