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Chado (The Way of Tea)

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Matt participating at a Japanese Tea Ceremony

When you sit in a café, with a lot of music in the background and a lot of projects in your head, you’re not really drinking your coffee or your tea. You’re drinking your projects, you’re drinking your worries. You are not real, and the coffee is not real either.

Your coffee can only reveal itself to you as a reality when you go back to your self and produce your true presence, freeing yourself from the past, the future, and from your worries. When you are real, the tea also becomes real and the encounter between you and the tea is real. This is genuine tea drinking.

~Thich Nhat Hahn


Written by MattAndJojang

November 25, 2011 at 8:02 pm

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  1. What a contrast between the tea ceremony and the – uh – ritual of shopping taking place here today. Simplicity instead of chaos, focus instead of utter distraction.

    Thanks for this wonderful, restorative post!


    November 26, 2011 at 9:17 am

  2. You’re welcome, Linda…

    I’ve been reading about what is referred to as “Black Friday Madness,” (By the way, I’m wondering why it’s called “Black Friday?”) Shopping sprees, of course, are not limited to the US, but, to my knowledge, it is the only country that has allotted a specific day for this purpose.

    Comedians have made it the butt of jokes, but I don’t think it’s a laughable matter. It’s a manifestation of how addicted our society has become to material things, and the sad thing about this is that we don’t even get to use most the things that we buy during these shopping sprees!

    You’re right, we need to reflect upon the need for simplicity of life. Do we really need all those things that we want to buy? We need to prioritize and focus on what’s really important in life…



    November 26, 2011 at 9:47 am

  3. The “black Friday” reference is meant to be purely economic. We speak of profitable businesses as being “in the black” and if you’re running a deficit, you’re “in the red”. So, Black Friday simply means the day devoted to sales, a day meant to help businesses increase their profits for the year.

    I can’t remember when the phrase began – I never heard it until maybe five years ago. Maybe only three. It’s quite new.

    Interestingly enough, when I still was in high school, no retail stores opened on Sunday. Maybe the grocery stores did by that time – but I know in junior high they weren’t open. Sunday was for worship, family, home chores, visiting and television. Not shopping!


    November 26, 2011 at 11:14 am

  4. I see… Thanks, Linda, now I understand what it means.

    By the way, same here, when I was a kid, i remember that the stores were closed on Sundays. Those were the days that we took seriously the command “to keep the sabbath day holy.” And on regular days, the stores would close at 12pm for lunch and siesta and open at 2pm!



    November 26, 2011 at 11:27 am

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