Lessons That Can Be Learned From the Art of Tea

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“Life is like a cup of tea; it’s all in how you make it.”  —Unknown

“Though you wipe your hands and brush off the dust and dirt from the vessels, what is the use of all this fuss if the heart is still impure?”  —Sen no Rikyu, tea master

“A person must discard all embarrassment when training in tea; this is the foundation of mastery.”  —Sen no Rikyu, tea master

“A true warrior, like tea, shows his strength in hot water.”  —Chinese Proverb

“Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company.”  —Author Unknown

“Ichi-go ichi-e” literally “one time, one meeting”  —Ii Naosuke, tea master  (A Japanese term that describes a cultural concept often translated as “for this time only”, “never again”, or “one chance in a lifetime”.)

“Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary.”  —Chinese Proverb

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4 thoughts on “Lessons That Can Be Learned From the Art of Tea

    • Yes, who knew that tough Samurai warriors were actually the ones who practiced, mastered and served it as part of their training, since Hollywood generally portrays it as women do, which is to serve. Although I am a Christian and not a Zen Buddhist, I do appreciate some of the ‘universal’ principles they teach, and it’s one of the elements I appreciate about the movie “The Last Samurai”. Although the Chado scene in it is very brief, it is a Samurai teaching his son the art of Chado. Thank you, Randell! 😀

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