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Jakuan Sotaku

Jakuan Sotaku is the author of Zencharoku in which he states:

Discovering one’s original self-nature through handling tea implements is the same as the teachings of zazen; for zazen is not simply a practice of sitting peacefully and quietly either. . . . The essential Dharma of zazen is in practicing it along with all of your everyday activities, be they walking, sitting, standing, or whatever. Just like this, Tea is the practice of everyday activities without the least neglect.

– Qouted from “The one taste of truth: Zen and the art of drinking Tea”

The etiquette for preparing Zen Tea is not complicated; there are no hidden transmissions of authorizing documents or initiatory instructions. If you chase around after a Tea that attaches importance to rules of etiquette for the preparation of tea, or if you spend time in obtaining documents of authority and diplomas, you will not have attained the true Way of Zen Tea.

– Qouted from “The one taste of truth: Zen and the art of drinking Tea”

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