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We shape clay into a pot . . .

We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want. — Tao-Te Ching.

The Zen master Hakuin . . .

The Zen master Hakuin used to tell his students about an old woman who owned a tea shop in the village. She was skilled in the tea ceremony, Hakuin said, and her understanding of Zen was superb. Many students wondered about this and went to the village themselves to check her out. Whenever the old …continue reading

If a man has no tea in him . . .

If a man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty. – Japanese proverb

One sip of this . . .

One sip of this will bathe the drooping spirits in delight, beyond the bliss of dreams. – John Milton on tea

I am so fond of tea . . .

I am so fond of tea that I could write a whole dissertation of is virtues. It comforts and enlivens without the risks attendant on spiritous liquors. Gentle herb! Let the florid grape yield to thee. Thy soft influence in a more safe inspirer of social joy. — James Boswell (1740-1795)

Here thou, great Anna . . .

Here thou, great Anna! whom three realms obey, Dost sometimes counsel take — and sometimes tea. – Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock

Teaism is a cult . . .

Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order.

Okakura Kakuzo The Book of Tea

Japanese proverb

The flavor of Zen and the flavor of tea is the same.

Japanese proverb.

The progress of the famous plant . . .

The progress of the famous plant has been something like the progress of truth; suspected at first, though very palatable to those who had the courage to taste it; resisted as it encroached; abused as its popularity seemed to spread; and established in its triumph at last, in cheering the whole land from the palace …continue reading

I start early in the morning . . .

I start early in the morning. I’m usually out in the woods with the dog as soon as it gets light; then I drink a whole lot of tea and start as early as I can, and I go as long as I can. – Robert Stone