Over 160 articles to celebrate tea in classic and contemporary literature
In tea history, it is impossible not to come across mention of Lu Yu, the Sage of Tea or Patron Saint of Tea.
The most talked-about period drama of recent years has to be the British series, Downton Abbey, co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. However, lavish historical productions are certainly not novel elsewhere…
Sitting down to drink a cup of tea grants us permission to slow down. Slowing down is a powerful…
Erasure poetry is a subgenre of found poetry which eliminates pre-existing text to compose a poem.
Everyone knows that reading and a cup of tea go hand in hand, and no one knew this better than Agatha Christie.
Creative writing centered in tea has a tradition spanning over a millennium.
Do Tea Cartoons Attract New Tea Drinkers? The World Tea Expo once scheduled a speaker that discussed how the popularity of tea drinking in Japanese...
Heavy Books About Tea You may never have considered that the focus of a book review might be inspired by weight. But it suddenly occurred to me as I...
An article titled “Care for a Cup of Satanic Chamomile?” appeared in the New York Times…
This article is a compilation of excerpts from Chinese poets in translation, who steep emotions through various vessels in connection to tea.
Bunbuku Chagama, literally “Bunbuku tea-kettle,” is a Japanese folktale or fairy tale.
The following six idioms demonstrate how tea is steeped within Mandarin.
The Chinese character for tea appears only once in “A Dream of Red Mansions.”
“Green Tea” is a short story written by Irish writer J. Sheridan Le Fanu (1814 – 1873) who specialized in horror fiction, including the familiar...
With the turning of the season, does your tea habit change? Cooler nights lead me to drink more of our favorite beverage.
Captured quarters, remnants of tulips, the butchering of spring merging to monsoons, imperfect buds, fractured leaves, wrinkled potential. We...
A Tea Trading Company’s Daughter (茶行的女兒), first published in 2014 then a new edition in 2019, is a book written in Traditional Chinese by Taiwanese...
April is National Poetry Month – January is National Hot Tea Month – for those of us that do not wait for these months to celebrate either of our...
In lieu of an article, Dharlene sent us this tale by Hans Christian Andersen this month. Enjoy! "HERE was once a proud teapot; it was proud of being...
Return to: T Ching Classics: Tea Bringing People Together Travellers – strangers – travelling a foreign land. Find themselves connected –...
I just don't like tea! No, I have no interest in tea. None for me, thanks just the same. Grandma made it for me when I was little, stuck at home and...
The Camaraderie of Tea An instant bond. A stranger from a distant land. Offers a cup of tea. Expresses a love of tea. Confesses an obsession with...
Darjeeling Tea Hills The Kanchenjunga Mountains so close – Everest looms in the remote distance. The mist covered tea hills of Darjeeling even...
Everyone’s done it at least once. Make themselves their comfort tea (masala chai on my end or a really deep oolong), grab a blanket, and curl up with a good book. But what to read? Never fear: this nerdy girl has got the answer! Here is a list of great pieces of English Literature you should check out next time you need something to pair with your Earl or Lady Grey.
NATIVI-TEA At the moment of my birth there was a celebration, too. The angels sang and God was all I knew. God was all I remembered – for on earth...
The gap, the space, the generations, the ways, the beliefs. The traditions, the culture, the clothing, the food. Geographically, religiously,...
Is this a tea race?
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.
This is Part 2 of Michael’s tea story. You can click the first link in the first sentence, or the link at the end of this post to read the first installment.
The rest was history, after drinking my first cup of Jasmine I was hooked on loose leaf tea. I would drink my cheap Jasmine tea every day, experimenting with different steeping times to find what I liked best. The next step for me was ordering loose
Many of us love to start our day with tea. Just tea! The variety of choices here is as wide as the world of tea! Many people like to start their day with a green or an oolong tea, but there are others of us who prefer to hit the morning hours with a nice strong pot of Pu’erh, Assam, or Breakfast Blend. Some of this choice has to do with flavor preferences,
Do you have a tea story you’d love to see published? Have you ever thought about publishing your own book? 81% of Americans say they want to write a book! Isn’t that a startling statistic? Is 81% of the population actually doing it? NO!
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.
You’re going out to tea today,
Be careful what you do;
Let all accounts that I shall hear,
Be pleasant ones, of you.
As a boy, I spent a great amount of time in my grandmother’s kitchen. We would talk about life and she would do her best to teach me how to prepare meals. “As a host, you only need to know one or two recipes really well and learn how to make them delicious.”
Our tea life isn’t just about a greater connection to Nature through the Leaf, but an attunement with our self as well. We must therefore cultivate both inner and outer harmony, a flow from the absolute into the relative. We learn this flow through the practice
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, or simply the Huntington, has been featured in several T Ching posts. Even poems in the style of the seventeen-syllable haiku were composed to commemorate its Japanese Garden’s 2012 reopening.
I have learned the perfect way to conduct business with other people. I believe this discovery should become an adopted practice for everyone doing business today.
The Leaf is the highest of scriptures. In tea we read sutras written not in the language of man, but that of the mountain and forest, earth and air, brook, stream, sunshine and moonshine. These leaves contain vast tomes, if we but learn to speak their language.
When I started T Ching back in 2006, it was a direct result of my growing awareness about the health benefits of tea. Those of you who ever clicked on “about us,” are aware of this mission: “T Ching was born out of a concern for the declining state of health in the United States and abroad and the recognition that drinking tea was a simple and effective
Curious enough – or serious enough – about Camellia sinensis to try growing your own? Even the thought of such a venture brings back fond memories of my father’s culinary adventures. The homemade root beer phase was a real hit with the neighborhood kids, especially since Dad bottled the brew in “stubbies,” or eleven ounce glass beer bottles.
The only reason to seek mastery of this tea is in service of our world. Furthermore, it is perhaps paradoxical that the road to mastery itself essentially contains service, for without it mastery can never be achieved. Having cultivated inner awareness
During my most recent weekend getaway, while having breakfast at Crown Princess’s Horizon Court on Deck 15, I noticed the self-serve beverage station’s teabag teas. I asked a server if there were other tea services on board. My low expectation was met of course
t is unfortunate that much of the world has taken to compartmentalizing life: body for the doctors, mind for the psychiatrists and spirit for religion. True healing is a unification of these false barriers. A life of tea is a life, and applies equally to all aspects of truth.
I recently found myself traveling Europe for two weeks with a small school group, where and when I discovered that you never know when or where you’ll find good tea.
Reverence and purity facilitate a life of tea, and the communication of peace and wisdom through tea. Purity functions on all levels, from the body to the tea room, the spirit and the mind. We must respect the space and being-ness all around us, keeping our homes,
I would like to say here that I have no significant problems with flavored teas. I’ll drink whatever chocolate-rasberry-mocha rooibus you offer me, if I’m in the mood. What is Earl Grey if not just a very common flavored tea? Smokey Lapsang Souchong? Jasmine green tea? Flavoured tea is delicious, especially when paired with light, cafe-fare foods such as macaroons or little delicate cakes
All liturgies are in truth consummation and proclamation of a state of being—making the invisible become visible on the physical level. We make altars to our own inner truths. Bowing to the Buddha, I bow to awakening and stillness in me. I learn humility before the Divinity in me, and then begin to learn from the wisdom of those people, places and things
You and I are great souls.
And we come together for a time.
We meet over a cup of tea here on earth.
Shall we leave our shell and join with each other?
Without mastery of the mind we shall never walk upright, no matter how wonderful our intentions. The mind is a strong and powerful elephant, able to serve or destroy the city equally. For that reason, our centers and schools will always be places of meditation,
One of the most fascinating aspects of the marvelous world of tea is the vast opportunity to pun our favorite beverage. How many of you tea drinkers find your “creativi – tea” and your “generosi-tea” aided for the better by the “availabili- tea” of the good brew? Yep. Thought so.