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Around 200 articles about the spiritual connection between tea and ourselves

Tea Gratitude

Tea Gratitude

I find myself thinking about gratitude. So I wrote a tea meditation for my Thanksgiving article.

Is the Tea Ceremony Romantic?

Is the Tea Ceremony Romantic?

One member of my Tea Dharma Club asked me: “Is the tea ceremony romantic?” I was surprised by this question, so I checked an English dictionary to find what the word “romantic” means.

A Very Brief History of Iranian Tea

A Very Brief History of Iranian Tea

In recent months I came across two Iranian films: “A Separation”, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, and a film entitled, “This Is Not a Film.”

Tea Is An Experience

Tea Is An Experience

Sitting down to drink a cup of tea grants us permission to slow down. Slowing down is a powerful…

Tea in Transformation

Tea in Transformation

Tea is a symbol of unity: To see tea is to know it is tea; then to see tea is to know it is not tea; finally, to see tea again is to know it is still tea.

Tea Trade Mazu

Tea Trade Mazu

Hailing from China’s MeiZhou Island, Tea Trade Mazu arrived in Taiwan during the onset of Japan colonization.

Tao in a Teapot

Tao in a Teapot

Guest contribution by: Alexander Thomas In the first chapter of the Tao de Ching we read “The Dao that can be conceptualized is not the pristine...

Find Your Future In A Teacup

Find Your Future In A Teacup

According to recent studies, 44% of Americans find themselves unable to be optimistic about the future. In today’s rapidly changing world, sometimes...

Buddhism and Tea

Buddhism and Tea

I’ve recently broken form and written about a different subject in my tea blog, about my son becoming a samanane, or Thai Buddhist novice monk....

Tea Aversion and Attraction

Tea Aversion and Attraction

Experiences in tea can be vast and varied. Some good, some bad, some we’d like to enjoy again, and some we would rather forget. That said, judging...

The Mindfulness of Tea

The Mindfulness of Tea

In mindfulness practice, one of the keys to expanding the ability of mind is to pay attention to the thoughts, feelings and sensations experienced...

Medi-TEA-tion, Part 4

Medi-TEA-tion, Part 4

And what about music? We can use the same process here as with tea selection. Don’t just un-pause the iPod from its last outing. Tune in and see...

Medi-TEA-tion, Part 4

Medi-TEA-tion, Part 3

Now, back to our tea session: Hopefully, by now we have set aside some time to mindfully tidy up the tea space. We can then use our creativity to...

Medi-TEA-tion, Part 4

Medi-TEA-tion, Part 2

What are the Four Foundations of Mindfulness? And what is mindfulness? It never harms to go back to basics from time to time. Mindfulness, in my...

Medi-TEA-tion, Part 4

Medi-TEA-tion, Part 1

Over the next few installments, I would like to offer some tips for bringing more of the spirit of meditation into our tea drinking. This could be...

Medi-TEA-tion, Part 4

Global Tea Hut on Living Tea

In the first half of the twentieth century, the Japanese were in control of Taiwan and looking to develop the island agriculturally, exporting goods...

Medi-TEA-tion, Part 4

Gong Fu Tea Tips

In tea preparation, there is always a lot of discussion of form versus function. On the one hand, it shows great respect to prepare the tea in a way...

Medi-TEA-tion, Part 4

Fetching Water

Contribution by: Global Tea Hut The last drop glides off the silver-tipped spout and fills the side handle teapot. The iron kettle stands empty....

Medi-TEA-tion, Part 4

Spirals: Part 4

One of the magical qualities of tea is that it works non-verbally. It seeps into the cracks and joints of our bodies and souls, filling them with...

Medi-TEA-tion, Part 4

Spirals: Part 3

Some time ago, I traveled south in Taiwan to a new Vipassana center. Ten days later, I was given a ride to the nearest train station by a kind...

Medi-TEA-tion, Part 4

Spirals: Part 2

Article by Lindsey Goodwin, Arthurian Mythologist. Shortly after I made Taiwan my new home last fall, I visited Mr. Xie, an organic farmer. He...

Medi-TEA-tion, Part 4

Spirals: Part 1

Article by Lindsey Goodwin, Arthurian Mythologist When you are on a spiritual path, you probably find that your route is often a circular or spiral...

Medi-TEA-tion, Part 4

How to Be a Guest

Article by Dan Smith Leave your ego at the door, Wu De reminds us. Take your shoes off outside and leave your ego with them. You will be much more...

Medi-TEA-tion, Part 4

Gong fu tea tips

Do you remember the very first gong fu experiment we ever did? It is an important one, and as we have mentioned many times it is important to repeat all these experiments several times. In our first experiment, we poured tea into a cup and then poured half of that into an identical cup, and half of that into a third.

Permanent Culture at “Light Meets Life”

Transcendence

Living here in Miaoli and serving at the Center every day, the only opportunity I have for any interactions with people who aren’t into tea or spiritual work is in the workplace. I’ve been at my current job for one year now, and although I don’t talk much with anyone, over time they’ve reached the obvious conclusion that I’m a weirdo with mixed-up priorities.