Gong Fu Tea Tips

Each issue we explore some of the methodology in traditional tea preparation. This issue we go way back to the earliest method.

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2 Responses to “Gong Fu Tea Tips”

  1. Serg Says:

    Thank you for the great article! I try to brew my tea in a gong-fu style usually. But from time to time I just put some leaves in a large mug and add hot water. In the past it just made me wonder how this simple style of brewing did not produce worse brew (and for a couple of times it was even better!) comparing to my gong-fu attempts. I used to feel uneasy about it because I just thought that gong-fu should bring better results than simpler methods. And now I see that gong-fu really doesn’t have to be always better. Indeed, leaves in a bowl are beautiful in their pure simplicity! I even think that one should have courage to admit it, especially considering all that snobbery and elitist approach that exists in the world of tea (like it exists everythere else, of course).
    Again, thank you and sorry for my English.

  2. issue7 Says:

    We appreciate your kind words. Indeed, there must be a balance of Cha and Dao. Too much Cha, with no Dao, leads to materialism and snobbery. Tea is then just another delusion: a way of collecting teaware and hoarding tea you’ll never drink in an attempt to fulfill an egoic sense of lack that is truly bottomless, or perhaps some kind of hedonistic and mundane pleasure. On the other hand, too much Dao without enough tea and you get all heady: tea becomes a breed of escapism. We all need daily stillness and quiet, but too much meditation and you get a bit blissed out. The master then says have a cup of tea. There must be an intimate knowing of Reality as it is if insight is going to be True.

    –Wu De

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