Chinese Tea Art

Chinese tea art refers to the methods of preparation of tea, the equipment used to make tea and the occasions in which tea is consumed in China.

Chinese tea lore places an emphasis on spirit and makes light of form. Teas are various, but all embody the tea spirit of “clearness, respect, joy and truthfulness”.

Clearness means cleanness, incorruptness, quietness and loneliness. The essence of tea art not only seeks the cleanness of the appearance of things, but also pursues the loneliness, tranquility, incorruptness and shame awareness of the mind. Only through drinking clear and pure tea in a still atmosphere can one appreciate the profoundness of drinking tea.

Clearness means cleanness, incorruptness, quietness and loneliness. The essence of tea art not only seeks the cleanness of the appearance of things, but also pursues the loneliness, tranquility, incorruptness and shame awareness of the mind. Only through drinking clear and pure tea in a still atmosphere can one appreciate the profoundness of drinking tea.

Respect is the root of everything on earth and the way of having no enemies. People should show respect for others and be cautious of themselves.

The meaning of harmony lies in form and method and that of joy in spirit and affection. Sipping bitterness and swallowing sweetness when drinking tea can enlighten one to the spice of life and cultivate a broad mind and far-sightedness, so that disputes between others and self disappear. The spirit of joy lies in that people are not pretentious and haughty, but dwell in mildness and nurture courteous conduct.

Truthfulness requires truth and genuine knowledge. The ambit of supreme good is to retain nature, to remove material desire without being tempted by advantages and disadvantages. The essence of drinking tea lies in enlightening capacity and conscience, so that everyone can live a simple life, thus attaining the ambit of truth, good and beauty.

Chinese Tea Ceremony

Chinese tea art is not only the combination of tea and art, but also an art of life.

The procedures of making tea

Heating cups.(温具)

Setting tea.(置茶)

Washing tea.(洗茶)

Making tea.(冲泡)

Drinking and enjoying the tea.(品茶)

1.Heating cups.(温具)

Prepare the teapot by washing it carefully. Pour boiling water in the pot to warm the pot. Pour the hot water out just before you plan to add the tea to the pot.

  1. Setting tea.(置茶)

Measure the right amount of tea into the pot. You do not need a tea ball or a tea bag. In fact, putting the tea into the pot loose allows the tea to expand and infuse better than it would if it were cramped inside a container.

  1. Washing tea.(洗茶)

Heat the water. Use good quality water. Spring water is ideal. If you can't get good spring water, use filtered water. If the tap water in your area has any odd smells or tastes, those smells and tastes will become a part of your prepared tea. Heat the water to a boil.

  1. Making tea.(冲泡)

Pour the water over the tea leaves. Put the lid on the pot. Wait for the tea to infuse. Most tea is ready to drink in one to two minutes. White tea sometimes takes as much as three minutes to infuse. How long you infuse the tea is, however, a matter of personal preference.

 

5.Drinking and enjoying the tea.(品茶)

Pour the tea into cups. Leave a little tea in the bottom of the pot, however, to strengthen your next brew. Good tea leaves can be used again.

Chinese Teasim(cha dao)

Philosophy, ethics and morality are blended into tea activity. People cultivate their morality and mind, and savor life through tasting tea, thereby attaining joy of spirit.

Philosophy, ethics and morality are blended into tea activity. People cultivate their morality and mind, and savor life through tasting tea, thereby attaining joy of spirit.

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