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Red Bluff, California

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Tea, Tea Drinking, Tea Ceremony, Daoist Tea Drinking












Tea, Tea Drinking, Tea Ceremony, Daoist Tea Drinking


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future." 
-   Thich Nat Hahn  


"To truly drink tea, in fact to really interact with any aspect of life, requires the individual to cleanse oneself, both internally and externally, and still one's mind/heart. To still one's mind/heart, however, does not mean to change one's environment or to run away from the challenges of life. You cannot still your mind/heart by simply changing your circumstances.  To still your mind/heart you must practice sitting in forgetfulness (Zuowang). To still one's mind/heart is to forget the self-imposed and society imposed restrictions and judgments that fragment us from the process of Tao. It is to forget the superficiality, the fragrance which pollutes the mind/heart and drives its desires. When we are no longer fragmented, polluted and driven by contrived desires, heaven, earth and people are united into one process. At this point, we are sincerely interacting through all of our senses and mind with our environment and the people who populate it. This interaction is a continual process known as Tao."
-  Robert Santee,
A Taoist Tea Ceremony


Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world. 
-   T'ien Yiheng 


There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea. 
-   Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims


If you are cold, tea will warm you.  If you are too heated, it will cool you.  If you are depressed, it will cheer you.  If you are excited, it will calm you. 
-   Gladstone, 1865


We had a kettle; we let it leak:
Our not repairing made it worse.
We haven't had any tea for a week...
The bottom is out of the Universe.
-   Rudyard Kipling


Tea should be taken in solitude. 
-   C.S. Lewis 


If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty. 
-   Japanese Proverb 


Tea is liquid wisdom. 
-   Anonymous 


Find yourself a cup of tea; the teapot is behind you.  Now tell me about hundreds of things. 
-   Saki a religion of the art of life. 
-   Okakura 


"The first cup moistens my lips and throat.  The second cup breaks my loneliness.  The third cup searches my barren entrails but to find therein some thousand volumes of odd ideographs.  The fourth cup raises a slight perspiration - all the wrongs of life pass out through my pores.  At the fifth cup I am purified.  The sixth cup calls me to the realms of the immortals.  The seventh cup - ah, but I could take no more!  I only feel the breath of the cool wind that raises in my sleeves.  Where is Elysium?  Let me ride on this sweet breeze and waft away thither." 
-   Lu Tung, Tea Drinking 


The best quality tea must have creases like the leathern boot of Tartar horsemen, curl like the dewlap of a mighty bullock, unfold like a mist rising out of a ravine, gleam like a lake touched by a zephyr, and be wet and soft like a fine earth newly swept by rain. 
-   Lu Yu


As the centerpiece of a cherished ritual, it's a talisman against the chill of winter, a respite from the ho-hum routine of the day. 
-   Sarah Engler, "Tea Up," Real Simple magazine, February 2006


Tea! thou soft, thou sober, sage, and venerable liquid,... thou female tongue-running, smile-smoothing, heart-opening, wind-tippling cordial, to whose glorious insipidity I owe the happiest moment of my life, let me fall prostrate. 
-   Colley Cibber, Lady's Last Stake


Cook, Cook, drink your tea,
But save some in the pot for me.
We'll watch the tea leaves in our cup
When our drink is all sipped up.
Happiness or fortune great,
What will our future be?
-  R.Z. Berry, "Afternoon Tea at Pittock Mansion"


"Surely everyone is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a wintry fireside: candles at four o'clock, warm hearth rugs, tea, a fair tea-maker, shutters closed, curtains flowing in ample draperies to the floor, whilst the wind and rain are raging audibly without."
-   Thomas De Quincey


"There is an action game for very small children.
One arm is held out straight (the spout)
and the other is bent
so that the hand is on the hip (the handle).
Then the child recites:
I'm a little tea-pot, short and stout.
Here's my handle. Here's my spout.
Do you want a cup of tea?
Tip me up and pour me out!"





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Tea, Tea Drinking, Tea Ceremony, Daoist Tea Drinking
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February 1, 2011

First posted on the Internet on February 1, 2010