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An uncommon selection of handmade teas, each reflecting a unique moment in space and time.

Tea and Meditation

   Tea and its Buddhist Roots

For nearly 6,000 years tea has been used a vehicle to help people around the world focus on their breath for long periods of time.  Originally, Tea was planted by zen monks as the practice of tending to the tea garden was a medium to focus on your own presence. 

 Recognizing levels of intention: 

The moment you recognize your intention your awareness gets large. You recognize that you are observing through the witness.  

What really matters here? 

Bodhisvatta Aspiration: “Please may this suffering, may this pain, may this discomfort serve to awaken me in some way.  May it make my heart more compassionate, may it bring more wisdom.” 

For some people is a real power into sensing into what matters. Even and especially when it is most difficult.  

For many people it brings meaning to whats happening.  Even this I can learn from and grow from, deepen from, and live more fully from.

Meditation

Instruction: 

Close your eyes 

Take a few nice full breaths 

I'd like to invite you to bring something to mind something going on in your life and your habitual reaction is to make it go away.  

It could be physical illness, emotional pain, something difficult in a relationship, something difficult in your work life, some loss you’re working with.  

Be aware of your habitual way of of relating it, that part of you perhaps that wishes it wasn’t happening, or judges yourself, or the world.  

In some ways trying to get rid of it, solve a problem, just notice the way your habitual way of responding is. With a l ot of compassion, gentleness.  

Explore what its like when you sense this difficult situation and you let tthat prayer hold it: 

Please may this suffering, may this pain, may this discomfort serve to awaken me in some way.  May it make my heart more compassionate, may it bring more wisdom.” 

Seeing whats happening when it coming from a sincere place —— ^^^^

Notice what happens when you draw on that deep intention.  

You may draw it on the form of an inquiry? How might this serve the awakening of my heart? See what you can learn. 

Continue to meditate with your eyes closed - and reflecting on what it really means to have a liberating intention.  

We often know what its like to operate from wants and fears. How do we know what it is like to operate from a deep intention? 

So I am going to name a few aspects to know where that place is: 

One characteristic is that it has to do with manifesting your innate potential. So rather than something like ‘hike the Appalachian trail,’  its more like my aspiration is to express creativity, or to love, or to serve from the bottom of my heart. 

Manifesting what is already here. 

The second quality - it is whole hearted, its in our body, its passionate, its there and you can feel it. 

The third i that it always relates to this moment.  A true inspiration is the extent to which you can relate to what is here.  

Liberating intention the compass of the heart that is alive, it has to do with awakening our potential, and awakening to this moment.

When those are there here is the deepest tip - it doesn’t feel like it is coming from yourself.  It feels like it is operating from a deep sense of awareness.  Not that it is coming from your self.

One more reflection: 

Take a moment to focus on whatever is going on in you right now - the state of your heart right now - letting life be just as it is right now. 

If you are in the last moments of your life and you’re looking back what would most matter? What would truly most matter about what had unfolded and what you had experienced.  How you showed up. 

For the rest of this day.  What most matters? What most matters to you? What matters to your heart? 

In this very moment what most matters to you.  

Whatever most matters just to let go and be that experience.  Be what you care about.  Be the love or presence or awareness or peace, thats really your own essence.  

May we be guided by the compass of our heart. May each moment be aligned with our deepest awareness that is our nature.  May all beings realize the truth of who they are. May all beings touch deep and natural peace.  May all beings be free.  

                                                         The Seven Cups of Tea : 

Lu Tong's Seven Bowls of Tea 七碗诗 卢仝(唐. 790~835)

The first bowl moistens my lips and throat; 一碗喉吻潤,

The second bowl breaks my loneliness; 二碗破孤悶,

The third bowl searches my barren entrails but to find 三碗搜枯腸,

Therein some five thousand scrolls; 惟有文字五千卷,

The fourth bowl raises a slight perspiration 四碗發輕汗,

And all life's inequities pass out through my pores; 平生不平事盡向毛孔散,

The fifth bowl purifies my flesh and bones; 五碗肌骨清,

The sixth bowl calls me to the immortals. 六碗通仙靈,

The seventh bowl could not be drunk, 七碗吃不得也,

only the breath of the cool wind raises in my sleeves. 唯覺兩腋習習清風生。

Where is Penglai Island, Yuchuanzi wishes to ride on this sweet breeze and go back. 蓬萊山﹐在何處,玉川子乘此清風欲歸去。

                                            Using Tea as a Meditation Vessel

                                                    Wu Wo Ceremony: 

The moment you recognize your intention your awareness gets large. You recognize that you are observing through the witness.  

What really matters here? 

Bodhisvatta Aspiration: “Please may this suffering, may this pain, may this discomfort serve to awaken me in some way.  May it make my heart more compassionate, may it bring more wisdom.” 

For some people is a real power into sensing into what matters. Even and especially when it is most difficult.  

For many people it brings meaning to whats happening.  Even this I can learn from and grow from, deepen from, and live more fully from.  

The purpose of this meditation is setting an intention.  

Before you steep the tea take a moment to place an intention into the cup. 

Instruction

You are going to use your senses fully to make a cup of tea and share it with your partner 

During the experience you are to remain silent and attempt to feel the intention the brewer had in mind

Before you make the tea take a moment to set your intention 

You can use your sense of sight to see the color of the liquor change

You can use your sense of smell to smell the leaf aroma developing