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The Book of Tea (Shambhala Library)

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Publisher Comments:

This modern classic invites the reader to discover a unique tradition that has come to symbolize the wisdom, beauty, and the elegant simplicity of Asian culture. The author celebrates the Way of Tea from its ancient origins in Chinese Taoism to its culmination in the Zen discipline known as the Japanese tea ceremony—an enchanting practice bringing together such arts as architecture, pottery, and flower arranging to create an experience that delights the senses, calms the mind, and refreshes the spirit. Tea was first used as a medicine and an alchemical elixir by the ancient Chinese Taoists, who praised its spiritual powers. Buddhist monks made drinking tea part of a tradition honoring the founder of Zen; this ritual was later refined in the performance of the Japanese tea ceremony as a meditative practice. The Book of Tea describes the rich aesthetic of Asian culture through the history, philosophy, and practice of brewing and drinking tea.

This edition contains an introduction by Sam Hamill that provides historical insight into the significance of the tea ceremony within Zen Buddhism.

Synopsis:

This gift book is an introduction to the tradition of the tea ceremony that has come to symbolize the wisdom, beauty, an elegant simplicity of Asian culture.

Synopsis:

The delightful introduction to the tradition that has come to symbolize the wisdom, beauty, and elegant simplicity of Asian culture.

About the Author

Kakuzo Okakura (1863–1919)—scholar, well-known art critic, and curator of the Chinese and Japanese art collection at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts—devoted his life to the preservation and reawakening of traditional Japanese culture.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590300831
Introduction:
Hamill, Sam
Publisher:
Shambhala
Introduction:
Hamill, Sam
Author:
Kakuzo Okakura, Introduction by Sam Hamill
Author:
Hamill, Sam
Author:
Okakura, Kakuzo
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Japanese tea ceremony
Subject:
Eastern - General
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life - General
Subject:
Christian Life - General
Edition Description:
1st Shambhala library ed.
Series:
Shambhala Library
Series Volume:
3159
Publication Date:
20030909
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 4-COLOR PHOTOS; 5 BandW LINE DRAWINGS
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
6.76x4.62x.68 in. .49 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This gift book is an introduction to the tradition of the tea ceremony that has come to symbolize the wisdom, beauty, an elegant simplicity of Asian culture.
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