Mountains and Rivers
are Speaking -
We may learn to listen
Just Having Tea
The Way of Tea, which developed as an artform in its own right since the 15th century in Japan, is at the same time a path of knowledge and insight, as it is a Gesamtkunstwerk, a synthesis of artforms.
'Ichi go ichi e' - 'This moment, only once' is a central concept of the Japanese tea ceremony.
I have no doubt that, within ten years, the fundamental Way of Tea will die out.
When it dies out, people in society will believe, on the contrary, that it is flourishing.
The miserable end - when it becomes completely a matter of worldly amusement – is now in sight.
The Way of Tea - this you should know - is just to boil water, make tea and drink it.
Sen no Rikyu, teamaster, 1589
Sessions happen in various contexts, as well as on demand.
Depending on the circumstances an improvised Sukiya will be established.