Jul 20, 2010
"The spirit of Tea is, namely, the spirit of Zen. Accordingly, the spirit of Tea does not exist without the spirit of Zen. One will not understand the taste of Tea without understanding the taste of Zen."
In tea lessons it is sometimes hard to grasp the aspects of Zen in Chado. Gradually one learns things about breathing, for example, that are Zen reflected in Tea. By studying Chado, students are studying Zen, though not in a formal way. Learning to read scrolls and contemplating the meaning, sitting quietly waiting for sensei, and cleaning are other ways of absorbing Zen.
What other aspects of Chado do you see that reflect Zen?