"In my own hands I hold a bowl of tea; I see all of nature represented
in its green color. Closing my eyes I find green mountains and pure
water within my own heart. Silently, sitting alone, drinking tea, I feel
these become part of me. Sharing this bowl of tea with others, they,
too, become one with it and nature. That we can find a lasting
tranquility in our own selves in the company of others is the paradox
that is the Way of Tea."
— Dr. Soshitsu Sen XV