In China, tea is always associated with “Taoism” philosophy which is the system of belief, attitudes, and practices set towards the meaning of life and the relationship with nature. The focus of “Taoism” is the individual in nature. It holds that the goal of life for each individual is to find one’s own personal adjustment to the rhythm of the natural world and to follow the Way (Dao) of the universe.
China is the birthplace of “CHA DAO”, which combines the “Taoism” philosophy with the way Chinese enjoy tea during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). It is introduced to Japan by the Japanese monks who studied Buddism in China during the Song Dynasty and has been preserved since then. While in China, “CHA DAO” evolves throughout the Song Dynasty to the Ming Dynasty as the appreciation changed from tea powder to loose-leaf tea. Nowadays, instead of following the restricted patterns and formats, the Chinese “CHA DAO” encourages the tea ceremony performers to express their understanding of humans and nature by a serial of settings and arrangements, which is more like a “performing art”.
On the other hand, “CHA DAO” is a perfect way to meditate. Taoism stresses the importance of harmonizing with nature by balancing YIN and YANG, and developing Chi-derived energy, which helps people to concentrate. Taoism also believes that the universe is ever-changing, and imperfection is the norm, as a result, the natural way is to live in the moment and accept the imperfection.
This course is designed to introduce the modern Chinese “CHA DAO” principles and meditation practices. It aims to introduce Chinese tea culture and tea meditation methods to tea lovers. After this course, you will have the knowledge of the tea performance and tea art arrangement ideology to perform a Chinese tea ceremony or host a Chinese tea party in a professional way. Meanwhile, to meditate with tea will be a lifelong beneficial habit to deal with the stress and depress and restore a peaceful mindset.
This course contains 24 hours of study which are divided into 8 sessions (3 hours/session). Please refer to “Addition Information” for the Exam requirement and the Locations.