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Chan & Tea One Taste

What is Tea Chan? Tea Chan also referred to as Tea Dao Chan or Tea Shi Chan, a method which a Chan master uses to assist with meditation for enlightenment.

Chan is in a cup of tea! Tea becomes a method of teaching and a tool for expounding the Dharma. Chan becomes the theory guiding the purification of the mind through tea, and also the Dao of elegance. Master Hui Neng, Sixth Patriarch of Zen Buddhism said that

Eternally, you don’t give rise to any thoughts when faced with any good or evil situation, this is called, Zuo. Internally, you see your self-nature unmoved, this is called Chan.

This means, in our daily lives, when we can practice Chan in the walking, standing, sitting and laying down, and we are not be affected by the good or evil situation, we’d be able to be spontaneously inspired and we could enjoy the process of meditation. Thus is the true meditation.

The pursuit of spiritual purity and transformation is common in tea and Chan. Master Zong Ze of Jaku-an Temple in Kyoto, Japan had said

The common ground of tea and Zen is the pursuit of the pureness and sublimation of self-spatiality.

Zen Master Zong-ze, from Ji Temple of Kyoto, Japan, said that

The Dao of Tea, which embeds the sense of Chan in tea cakes, is a method for all beings to reflect on their inner selves. Thus, the whole process of tea is no different to the Dao of Chan.

Master Zong Ze had also said

There is no difference between the sense of tea and the sense of Chan. Therefore, without knowing the sense of Chan, one wouldn’t know the taste of the tea.

The film, Chan & Tea One Taste, directed by Luisa Mendez, highlights China’s tea culture as encapsulated in Chan Tea, along with an exploration to its origins and current popularity.

Chan Tea culture is closely linked with Buddhism. The Chinese word Chan means meditation, and itself can be referred to the Zen Buddhism, one sect of Buddhism.

People believe Chan Tea can help them relax and empty their minds while meditating. The soothing and steamy drink can harmonize people with nature as well.

People who want to have a sip of Chan Tea and experience a moment of tranquility can visit the local Buddhist temple where Chan Tea is processed and served.

To make the tea even more special, avid fans can participate in ancient tea serving ceremonies held in the Daxiong Ceremony Hall in the Buddhist temple where monks wearing light gray robes, mix the leaves and serve tea to customers.

Tea enjoys wide popularity in China for its physical and mental health well-being benefits. When served steamy hot that can help those going on diets too.

For many, tea serves as a cultural ambassador for China with its rich history and customs. The ingredients found in the drink all come from China, making the tea economy, particularly in southern China, enjoy much more prosperity for those involved.

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