The Wisdom of the Tea Leaves

As the Japanese proverb goes:

The man with no tea in him is incapable of understanding truth or beauty.

I, on the other hand, have tea in me.

And I can see

That ours is a beautiful, majesterial world,

And life is good.

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2 thoughts on “The Wisdom of the Tea Leaves

  1. FURTHER READING – quotations from The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura (1863-1913):
    Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage.
    Tea is a work of art and needs a master hand to bring out its noblest qualities. We have good and bad teas, as we have good and bad paintings – generally the latter.
    The Philosophy of Tea is not mere aestheticism … for it expresses conjointly with ethics and religion our whole point of view about man and nature. It is hygiene, for it enforces cleanliness; it is economics, for it shows comfort in simplicity rather than in the complex and costly; it is moral geometry, inasmuch as it defines our sense of proportion to the universe.
    Tea is more than an idealization of the form of drinking, it is a religion of the art of life.
    Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos,
    the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle.
    Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.

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