Jun 22, 2014
When I was at Midorikai, our final chaji was at a tea room with no running water. That meant we had to go the the well in the morning and haul two five gallon containers up the hill to the tea house. Believe me, hauling 5 gallons in kimono uphill is a lot of work. These 10 gallons were all we had to pre-wash everything, boil the water for tea, water the garden, and fill the tsukubai. We were very careful with every bit of water and made sure that nothing was wasted.
It is the same thing with matcha. We are fortunate to have the convenience of pre-ground tea leaves sealed in an airtight container. It takes about an hour to grind enough tea for a chaji, so I am sure that if I had to grind it myself, that I would be very careful about spilling and wasting the matcha when I sifted it or transferred it from one container to the another.
We forget that these things: water, tea, electricity -- are all convenience factors. Part of living the way of tea is to recognized that most of what we use are precious resources and be very careful not to waste anything. It is good for the environment, good for the planet, good for each other and good for our souls.
Jun 19, 2014
Wow, our portable meditation seat was featured in Willamette Week camping gear guide for Portland local products. Here's a link to the article. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22697-buy_local_%E2%80%A6and_you_will_know_us_by_the_trail_of_outdoor_gear.html
You can purchase your own portable meditation seat at SweetPersimmon.com.