Yama Yoga Store references "The Way of Tea"
Yama Yoga Store References, The Way of Tea
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."
Popchong Sunim was interviewed by Martine Batchelor at Songgwang Sa Monastery, Korea, on 25th October 1982. "The Way of Tea" was published in Buddhism Now, December 1990. While investigating different teas for the Yama Yoga Store I learned about tea and its methods from crop to cup, importance in culture, politics, finance, art, and decor and how it is universal as a commodity. I was writing the opener for my Tea collections and realized that the subject was vast, so vast in fact that I was overwhelmed. I needed a reference to this subject looking more for the spiritual nature of tea and found this wonderful article. The first part being the way in which we should prepare and drink the tea. I feel this quoted section is a good and substantial start to knowing tea and to thinking about it not only as decorating the Boston harbor but by putting a slow meditative twist on it...How to get to meditation through everyday activities like the preparation of tea.
"In preparing green tea one should first bring the water to the boil. Then one should pour it into a largish bowl and let it cool to about 60 degrees Celsius. If the water is too hot, then too much of the tea’s bitterness will be extracted into the water. At this lower temperature, the fragrance of the tea is extracted more slowly. The teapot and cups should be warmed with some of the water. After warming put the tea leaves into the teapot, pour in the water and let the leaves infuse for two or three minutes. It is important when pouring the tea to make sure that the taste is evenly distributed in all the cups. Therefore, never fill each cup in a single pouring, but fill them little by little — up to three servings each. While drinking the tea, refill the teapot with water.
Do not gulp the tea but sip it slowly allowing its fragrance to fill one’s mouth. There is no need to have any special attitude while drinking except one of thankfulness. The nature of the tea itself is that of no-mind. It does not discriminate and make differences. It is just as it is.
There are four inherent attributes of tea: peacefulness, respectfulness, purity, and quietness. In drinking tea these qualities should be cultivated in the drinker." (The Way of Tea, Buddism Now, December 1990)
Here at the Yama Yoga Store, we have around a hundred varieties of tea. They are specially formulated for ailments, rituals, and pleasure. Check out our teas section here and look over some of our best varieties. Get calm and move into that Zenful space with a good cup of hot or iced tea of your choice. Some of the Yama Yoga Store teas are even sold by the Pound! Our Teas are held to the highest standards of processing! Try the Yama Yoga Stores Oolong Fujian Tea which is well known for its delicate aroma and it's mild yet long-lasting sweet aftertaste. This tea is beautiful when brewed, full-bodied, and healthy.
Tea is a world all its own and the Yama Yoga Store has what you need in the big beautiful world of tea!
What is your favorite Tea or Tea Blend?
To your health!
Sat Nam ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ
Written by Soorya Kirti Kaur