Three Mindful Tea Drinking Experiences in Japan

The originators of the Japanese tea ceremony believed that the simple activity of sharing tea with a friend was like the path of a falling cherry blossom. It is a fleeting encounter on a path that can never be exactly repeated. Though the preparing and serving of tea usually follow ritualized movements, each tea gathering is unique. The ancient Japanese tea masters passed down the phrase ichigo ichie. Translations include “one time, one meeting”; “a singular moment, a singular meeting

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