The idea of additional (or basic) earnings is to create a space for the tea ceremony. This idea is not new, but nevertheless it can get a good development.
The tradition of Chinese tea drinking.
The tradition of tea drinking in China dates back more than one thousand years. This is a surprisingly multi-faceted culture, including many different schools, methods of brewing and processing tea leaves, technologies for collecting and producing tea utensils.
In the process of developing this truly living tradition, many ways of brewing tea have been developed, pursuing or intended for various purposes. Accordingly, there was not only a tea party for every day – ordinary, generally accepted ways, but also refined ways for exceptional cases — what in the West began to be called “ceremony”, since these tea parties gave rise to special sublime and even solemn feelings in a person. In Chinese, this tea action sounds like Gong-Fu-Cha – “the highest skill of tea drinking”. Gong-Fu-Cha is held only with Oolong (turquoise) teas.
The tea ceremony connects people in a joint action. The energy of tea and the magic of the ritual give clarity of thought and clarity of action, destroy boredom, filling every lived moment with a variety of experiences. The tea action sets up people of art in a lofty and poetic mood, calms the restless, and invigorates the tired.
Tea has a unique stabilizing and healing effect. Tea sets its own rhythm to the action, the rhythm of the interaction of the tea tree leaf, properly prepared water, fire, dishes and human attention shown in reverence.
Changing the quality of attention changes the quality of perception of this world. The opportunity to go beyond the philistine approach to life and be imbued with high interests, makes the participant of the ceremony like noble men, rulers, sages, keepers of the hearth. The tea ceremony gives the opportunity to “here and now” to get in touch with a living reality.
A place for the ceremony.
After finding the necessary space for the ceremony (it can be an apartment, cottage, basement, office, etc.), arranging the interior (in a tea ceremony, the space for tea drinking plays an important role), purchasing the necessary tools and accessories, tea, learning how to make tea, you can invite people to Gong-Fu-Cha.
You can, of course, make a Japanese tea ceremony “CHA-NO-Yu”, but it is more complicated in technical terms.
In the end, this is not only a way to earn money, but also to get acquainted with the ancient culture, which also includes divination by the “Book of Changes”, “Feng Shui”, “Chinese Calendar”, etc. In any case, you can enjoy such an event as Gong-Fu-Cha.
Information about tea ceremonies.
All the details of the ceremonies can be found on the Internet. Here are some sites dedicated to tea action and tea: east-club.ru tea.boxmail.biz goncharov.ru/tea/tea.htm chadao.ru geishi.ru chaiclub.ru chjundao.ru keramiks.ru chaigorod.com.
Mastering the art of making tea is not so difficult. The main thing is that there is a desire to do this. What you need to do:
- Read in detail the information provided on the Internet or other sources.
- Make a general picture of how the ceremony can take place in your conditions.
- Find friends or acquaintances who will help you in bringing this idea to life.
- Build a space for conducting Gong-Fu-Cha. This is an interesting process that will allow you to turn on your imagination. To create such a space, four components are necessary: the environment in which the ceremonies will be held, the elements of art, the person and his heart. Speaking on a purely technical level, it should be noted that the environment is composed of external and internal. The external environment chosen for the tea ceremony, which has such qualities as the beauty of the space, privacy, silence and tranquility, is able to show a natural person, removing him from involvement in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The internal environment created for the tea ceremony according to the principles of simplicity, cleanliness and discreet refinement in the design, the presence of a pleasant atmosphere, gives a person a sense of harmony in the world around him.
- Purchase tea, appliances and accessories for ceremonies.
- Start practicing Gong-Fu-Cha.
- Formulate a pricing policy for tea ceremonies.
- Start inviting people to Gong Fu Cha, first friends, acquaintances, and then other visitors.
- After the accumulated experience, practice, you can open a School of Tea Mastery.
In any case, the Tea Ceremony is an individual thing, so any developments and experience of conducting it will become your basic basis for further development of the culture of tea drinking and understanding of the life path.
Prices for tea and ceremony.
As for the price of the tea action, we can say that everything is very individual. For example, in Moscow and St. Petersburg, such an action costs from $ 30 to $ 100. In Samara, Gong-Fu-Cha costs about $ 50. In other cities, the run-up in prices is quite large. The same can be said about the School of Tea Mastery — it all depends on the region, opportunities and desires. You can focus on the amount that a person can spend in a nightclub, restaurant, bath, etc. The main thing is that the money invested in tea, dishes, accessories, space — paid off.
In addition, you can use the Internet to establish contacts with “Chinese comrades”, for example, with Taiwan. About Taiwan: very good turquoise (oolong) tea used in ceremonies is grown and processed there. Therefore, the island has preserved the centuries-old traditions of tea drinking.
The political situation on the island is such that Taiwan is considered an unrecognized state by the Republic of China. Official China considers the island its territory. Taiwan, for its part, has territorial claims to all of China and to parts of Mongolia and Buryatia, according to the 1947 Constitution.
The Government of Taiwan is interested in promoting cultural and economic ties with many countries. Including with Russia. In order not to quarrel with the Republic of China, many states do not officially support Taiwan. Also, Taiwan does not want to go to a direct conflict with the Republic of China. Therefore, a representative office of the Moscow-Taipei Friendship was opened in Moscow (in fact, the Embassy of Taiwan in Russia). Here is their address: roc-taiwan-ru.com . Having established contacts, you can get absolutely free information on the culture of tea drinking in Taiwan, the history of tea, the ideology of tea action, dishes.
Regarding the School of Tea Action, I can say the following. There are sections of tea drinking that are necessary for a deep acquaintance with the tea culture: 1. History of Tea. 2. Ideology. 3. Classification. 4. Dishes and paraphernalia. 5. Aesthetics. 6. Tea rituals.
Practical classes: Ping-Cha — (traditional tea drinking); Gong-Fu-Cha — (The Highest Skill of Tea Drinking); brewing tea by the LuYu method — (Tang Dynasty: 7-9 century).
All this can be included in the training system. By drawing up a curriculum and organizing your own system of practical classes. At the end of the course, a certificate of full completion of the course of the School of Tea Mastery can be issued. At the same time, it should be clarified that this certificate has no legal force. It may have some weight in the “tea circles”. Similarly, the Chinese tea master school does not issue any official documents. Only a certain artifact in the form of a tablet with hieroglyphs with the personal seal of the tea master.