Chinese Tea Ceremony
The Chinese Tea ceremony is a kind of meditation. The tea master must maintain a high level of awareness during the tea ceremony.
Guests should also tune in to certain experiences of the tea party. If one of the guests ignores the tea ceremony, does not feel the general mood, then the magic of the tea ceremony disappears.
During the tea ceremony, they pay great attention to their inner feelings and experiences. They begin by trying to feel the aroma and taste of tea as fully as possible, and admire the tea utensils.
Tea can evoke various associations, immerse you in the past, and evoke dreams about the future . The more attentive and aware a person is, the more pleasant impressions he can get from the tea ceremony.
You can talk during the tea ceremony, but you should not forget about the tea party. It is good if the conversation is conducted quietly and does not interfere with the rest of the participants of the tea event.
Chinese green tea is brewed several times, but the breaks between the brews are small, the tea should not cool down. The taste of tea strongly depends on the time of brewing , it is worth a little overexposure and the tea becomes bitter. After each brew, the tea is completely poured out of the kettle. Tea is drunk without sugar and is not eaten during the tea ceremony, so as not to interrupt the taste of tea.
In China, for many millennia, many methods of making tea were developed, which were intended for various purposes.
So there was also an exquisite tea party – “gong-fu cha”, which means-the highest skill of tea drinking.
Gong-fu Cha-this literally means the highest art of tea , it is an opportunity to enjoy the four “virtues” of tea: the color of the infusion, the shape of the leaf, the taste and aroma.
The symbolic meaning of “gong-fu cha” is turning the cups and tasting the Yin and Yang energies.
The Gong Fu Cha ritual requires a special atmosphere and a special attitude.
Preparing for the tea ceremony, the tea master collects the dishes and arranges them beautifully on the tea tray “shepherd”.
At the beginning of the tea ceremony, they get acquainted with the tea. Tea leaves are poured into a box and passed around. Each participant of the tea ceremony inhales the aroma of tea, getting acquainted with it . Usually three breaths are taken. Exhale the air on the tea leaves to warm them up and increase their aroma.
Before pouring tea into the teapot, it is filled with boiling water, then this boiling water is washed with other tea utensils, warming it up. The teapot itself is also generously watered with boiling water, using water that was used to wash other dishes.
Since the tea in the teapot is brewed quickly, if it is immediately poured into cups, then the first and last cup will have a different taste of tea. To avoid this, the tea is first poured into the cup of justice .
The teacups, teapot, and cha-hi are placed on the tea table. Tea is poured into a teapot and poured with boiling water. The first filling is used to wash off the tea dust from the tea leaves.
The second and next portions are poured into a teapot (as they are drunk), and the infusion is poured into cha-hai . From this vessel, the tea is poured into high cups, which are covered with wide cups. This design is turned over and handed over to the tea party participants.
Lifting a tall cup, it is brought to the nose and slowly inhaled, enjoying the aroma and adjusting the channels of perception. After that, they drink tea, watching their feelings.
Tea cups use small 50 milliliters or less. Tea is usually drunk in three, five or seven small sips, slowly, trying to feel all the shades of taste of tea.
Tea is a traditional drink of China.
and they use it every day. Tea drinking in China is a family tradition. Tea (most often green) is brewed in a large teapot (faience, porcelain, clay) for the whole family and poured into cups(bowls).
In China, there are several special cases for making tea.
Chinese tea ceremony – the philosophy of action.
In order for the tea ceremony to achieve the intended effect, you need to free up more time for it, invite really pleasant guests, turn off external stimuli (for example, a mobile phone) and tune in to a calm and peaceful mood.
The philosophy of the Chinese tea ceremony is to stop, listen to yourself, feel the full depth of the tea taste and the life-giving power of its aroma, as well as to dissolve your thoughts in the smooth, meditative movements of the host.
We can say that the tea ceremony is akin to meditation, only the instrument of relaxation in it is not the breath, but the divine taste of elite tea.
The Taiwanese or Chinese tea ceremony involves not only self-immersion, but also quite lively communication between the participants, although in a fairly relaxed meditative atmosphere.
Dishes for the tea ceremony and other subtleties of this event.
When conducting a Chinese tea ceremony, there are no minor details – everything carries a certain meaning, and even the traditional set for the tea ceremony helps to achieve maximum effect and a canonically clear sequence of actions:
The room for the tea ceremony should be as empty as possible-ideally, bare walls and a floor covered with bamboo mats. The host of the ceremony must thoroughly know and understand all its stages and their sacred meaning, in addition, the Chinese tea ceremony provides for his participation in the general conversation and the direction of the emerging conversations in a positive and peaceful direction.
As for the methods of preparing the drink during the tea ceremony, it is most often preferred to brew tea leaves through a gaiwan or with a strainer.
Tea ceremony-tea brewing through gaiwan.
The algorithm of this procedure is quite simple:
Warm up the gaiwan (a bowl of a special shape with a special lid), pouring boiling water over it. Put the tea leaves in it and fill the gaiwan with boiling water half, and then after a few minutes drain this first brew, thereby getting rid of tea dust and preparing the leaves for full brewing and revealing the taste. Re-pour the tea leaves with hot water (not higher than 90 degrees Celsius), mix and pour into a cup.