The Way of Tea

 

To Those Who Aspire to Follow The Way of Tea 

 

    In my own hands I hold a bowl of tea; I see all of nature represented in its green color. Closing my eyes I find green mountains and pure water within my own heart. Silently sitting alone and drinking tea, I feel these become part of me. What is the most wonderful thing for people like myself who follow the Way of Tea? My answer: the oneness of host and guest created through ‘meeting heart to heart’ and sharing a bowl of tea. 
     I have traveled the world with the goal, ‘Peace through sharing a bowl of tea.’  Taking a bowl of green tea in your hands and drinking it, you feel one with nature, and there is peace. I hope you will drink and share peace with me.”

 

- from Tea Life, Tea Mind by Soshitsu Sen XV