~ Movie Time ~ A Zen Life -- D. T. Suzuki A documentary film about Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki (1870-1966), the man who introduced Zen Buddhism to the West: "D.T. Suzuki had an excellent grasp of written and spoken English, combined with an exhaustive knowledge of Eastern and Western religions and philosophies. He was highly successful… Continue reading A Zen Life
Traditionally tea is mostly brewed with hot boiled water. Not only the fragrance and sweet, mellow taste of tea are enjoyed, but also the hot tea-drinking itself has become a leisure and relaxation. Nowadays, the fast-paced city life seems to leave a little time for sitting down and slowly boil water and make tea. And,… Continue reading National Iced Tea Day
Today is the first International Tea Day observed by United Nations. For this special occasion, with "Shelter in Place", we offer the merit of our silent tea meditation from home to all beings -- for their safety and health, for peace and love in the world on planet Earth.
On this eighth day of the fourth lunar month, we celebrate the Birth of Shakyamuni Buddha. From where we are at this time of “shelter in place”, we recite the Scripture of Great Wisdom (the Heart Sutra) out of gratitude, and offer the merit of this recitation to all beings in the world. With this… Continue reading Birthday of the Buddha
The arts of Tea Ceremony, Incense, and Flower Arrangement, collectively referred to as the three ways of fine cultivation in Japan, all have a long history and deep connection with China. From mere appreciation by the elite to daily life of the ordinary, they have gone through transformation and become very much alive in the… Continue reading Inner Cultivation with Incense
People call calligraphy “a piece of painting without images, a piece of music without sounds, a stage without actors and actress and a building without components and materials.” Calligraphic works express essential elements of beauty — balance, proportion, variety, continuity, contrast, movement, change and harmony — through different shapes and forms of the lines, their… Continue reading Painting without Images
~ Movie Time ~ 日日是好日 Finding your passion in the most unexpected of places"Noriko and Michiko are cousins in their last year of university, trying to find their place in the world of adult life. Michiko is adventurous and graceful while Noriko is clumsy and slow to catch on—so when Michiko wants to begin tea… Continue reading Everyday a Good Day
Mount Taimu（太姥山）in Fuding （福鼎）was originally called tea mountain in China. When Emperor Yao（尧帝, 2356 - 2255 BC) was in power, a woman called Blue Lady lived there and grew "green grass", a plant that had been used in extracting dye indigo since ancient times. She was generous in sharing with people the tea she made… Continue reading Mount Taimu