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Introduction To Cha Dao - With Wu De, Zen Monk & Tea Master

When:

Sat 14 Feb 2015, 1:00pm–5:00pm

Where: Impala & Peacock, 558 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: $50.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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In this detailed introduction to the Way of Tea (Cha Dao), Wu De will share some amazing tea and experience with us. We plan to introduce and explore some of what it means to live a life of tea, as well as some of the methods and tools needed to incorporate tea into your own practice, in any way it can aid you. Wu De will teach us the Four Pillars and Eight Bowls of this tea tradition and how to incorporate them into your life. We will also get the chance to try some amazing teas and experience some of the Quietude, Presence, Clarity and Completion tea has to offer. By the end, participants will have sharpened their senses to the life around them. They will also have understood something about the alchemy and magic of Cha Dao.

Author and teacher Wu De is a true chajin (tea person). He has been a practitioner of Cha Dao (The Way of Tea) for over 20 years, and he has reached over 100,000 people through his writings, classes, workshops, seminars and interviews.

Upon graduating from university with a degree in anthropology and philosophy, he moved to India, where he lived and worked in a meditation center for some years.

Wu De then left India to study meditation in Burma, Thailand and eventually Japan. Working closely with a Zen teacher who often used Tea Ceremonies as a way of conveying Zen wisdom, his insights into The Way of Tea and the ability of tea to convey deep peace were strengthened.

After being ordained in the Soto Zen tradition, he began studying gongfu tea under Master Lin Ping Xiang in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Master Lin taught Wu De about how to serve tea with more skill and focus.

For the last decade, Wu De has been teaching the ancient practice of serving tea from a Zen and tea center in Taiwan, known as Tea Sage Hut (www.teasagehut.org). In the last three years, his monthly magazine and organic tea mailing, Global Tea Hut (www.globalteahut.org), has swelled to connect hundreds of tea lovers and spiritual seekers in over 30 countries.

In addition to running Tea Sage Hut in Taiwan, Wu De leads tea workshops and seminars around the world. His writings have appeared in The Art of Tea Magazine (of which he is the Senior Editor), The Leaf Magazine (a free, online magazine which he founded), Fresh Cup Magazine (a U.S. beverage industry publication) and elsewhere. He has also authored four books, including Tea Wisdom (Tuttle Publications, 2009), The Way of Tea (Tuttle Publications, 2010), Zen & Tea One Flavor (2013) and Tea Medicine (2014).