There are few hours in life more agreeable
than the hour dedicated to the ceremony
known as afternoon tea.
The Portrait of a lady
The tea ceremony can be a ritual of giving and receiving. It requires
tranquility and patience, as well as the grace to absorb the subtle
nuances of a cultured life lived well. Sadly, all too often, most of us
are too rushed and too pressured, we don’t have time, and we don’t
take time, for tea.
The Zen monks returned to Japan from China in the 12th
century, bringing with them the powdered green tea they used as a
mild stimulant to enhance their meditations. Today the tea ceremony
is an esthetic ideal, with attention paid to tea utensils, a
flower arrangement, paintings and food. The mere fact that you can
boil water color add tea leaves, and create a powerful experience calmer forces
us to pause. The purpose of a tea ceremony is to entertain, to
share, to convert life gently into a work of art.
The tea ritual is one of purification. Inviting someone to tea