Everyone has long known about the Japanese tea ceremony. But did you know that the art of making and drinking tea came to Japan from China. Personally, my opinion is that in the Land of the Rising Sun, people have long understood what is important in life, and enjoy the fruits of their insight. But that’s not the point. Yes. The birthplace of the tea ceremony is China, but it is in Japan that the tea ceremony is considered an art. And just the Japanese brought this art to perfection. But what is the essence of the tea ceremony in Japan?
There are several main points that make the tea ceremony in Japan a part of the culture and religion. First of all, the tea ceremony in this country is part of the cult of nature, namely, the worship of tea. During the tea ceremony, the unity of man and nature takes place, all the vanity and routine is left behind, and also the unity of man with his own nature and the surrounding world takes place. The tea ceremony refers directly to Zen Buddhism, which rejects all intellectual things. The intellect can explain nature and its phenomena, but it can hardly explain pleasure. So it turns out that the tea ceremony can be considered as a celebration of the flesh and sensuality. Because it is the flesh, thanks to the senses, that is able to give us the most unique pleasure. Another aspect of the tea ceremony is its simplicity, which can be seen in all areas of Japanese art. To get rid of everything superfluous, not to think about anything, and to enjoy tea somewhere in a remote hut, under the shade of spreading trees, on the shore of a calm lake. Rest in peace and serenity.
Of course, we in Russia also drink tea, and everyone enjoys it in their own way. That’s just such peace and relaxation can not be found in modern cities, even with a cup of tea in your hands. There is, of course, a pale comparison with the Japanese tea ceremony – this is sipping tea on the terrace of your own country house, somewhere away from the main roads and closer to pure nature. However, the Russian tea party and the Japanese tea ceremony still have a common basis – when you drink tea, the soul rests.
As in Christianity, wine is part of religion and religious rites, so tea in Japan is part of religion-Buddhism. And therefore, when participating in a real Japanese tea ceremony, you need to fully realize that you are taking part in the most real and beautiful religious ceremony.
The Japanese tea ceremony is an ancient tradition, which necessarily follows the four main principles that guard its success – peace of mind and a pleasant rest away from reality. These are the principles: harmony, reverence, purity, and peace. By and large, these principles should be guided not only during the tea ceremony, but also throughout your life.
If you are tired of the rapid pace of modern life, stop for a while and brew yourself a cup of tea. Listen to the soft rustle of dry tea leaves, to the gentle murmur of a trickle of water pouring into the kettle. Pour yourself this beautiful drink, and let the body rest for a few moments, and the soul will enjoy.