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Brother Anthony of Taizé and Hong Kyeong-Hee

The Korean Way of Tea

An Introductory Guide

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Art.Nr./ISBN: 9788991913172

Verlag: Seoul Selection

Jahr: 2007

Einband: Softcover

Seitenzahl: 126

Sprache: English

Medientyp: Buch

 

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Tea drinking is now a global pastime and a delectable variety of teas are much sought after by connoisseurs worldwide. In this meditative volume to understanding, appreciating and serving Korean tea, authors Brother Anthony of Taizé and Hong Kyeong-hee share their intimate knowledge of a cultural practice and art form, that at its core embraces universal principles of peace, refinement, and simplicity. The Korean Way of Tea is a rich and inviting text, accompanied by full-color photographs of the beauty of Korea, her architecture, nature and people. This introductory guide is a welcome addition for anyone interested in tea and its extraordinary contribution to the Korean cultural tradition.

-Excerpt from the book
"As we savor the sometimes extraordinarily rich taste of the first cup of well-made tea, we have begun a process involving diminution and loss. The level of tea drops with each sip until the cup is empty; the second and third cups offer a decreasingly intense taste. By the end the leaves have yielded their treasure and lie in the pot exhausted, the ceremony closes. There is an ending. The door must open, the return to activity outside is an obligation.
It is only when the entire process is lived as a unity of experience, valuable and meaningful in itself, that it can become a spiritual way. The aesthete wants to stay at the beginning, with the pleasure. The health-fiend is only thinking of the future benefits, not the event itself. The Way of Tea invites us to a recognition of the fragility, the transient nature of all experience, the value of very simple things, the wonderful treasures made available to us in a tea-leaf thanks to human skills. But above all it offers a moment in which to savor that precise moment, instead of running all the time out of the past towards the future without any way of being."

-About the Authors
An Sonjae is the Korean name of Brother Anthony, who was born in 1942 in England. He is a member of the Community of Taizé. Since 1980, he has been living in Korea, teaching at Sogang University in Seoul. He has published 20 volumes of English translations of modern Korean literature, including 6 volumes of works by Ko Un, several volumes of poems by Ku Sang, and others of poems by Ch'on Sang-Pyong, Shin Kyong-Nim, Yi Si-Young and Kim Kwang-Kyu, as well as The Poet, a novel by Yi Mun-yol.

Hong Kyeong-hee was born in North Jeolla Province in 1957 and was first introduced to the practice of green tea during a stay at Geumsan-sa temple (near Gimje) in 1974. He enrolled in the Panyaro Institute for the Way of Tea in 1992 and studied the Hyodang tradition of the Zen of Tea under the guidance of its director, Won-Hwa Chae Jeong-bok. He graduated from the Institute in 2002 with the tea-name Hwachon. He now in turn instructs others in the Hyodang tradition, in the Hwachon section of the Panyaro Institute.

-TABLE OF CONTENTS

The Mystery in a Cup of Tea
Tea in Korea
Where does tea grow?
When is Korean green tea made?
Picking the tea
Making Tea
Brewing Green Tea
Whisked powdered tea
Some Korean Tea Poems
The Virtues of Tea
The Korean Way of Tea
The Panyaro Seon (Zen) of Tea
A Brief History of Tea in China
The Names for Tea
The Development of Tea-Drinking
A History of Tea in Korea
How Tea Came to the West
A Universal Way of Tea
Index
About the Authors

 

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