Author: ChaNoYutah

Foundation Stones of Tea: Toriawase

Students of Cha-do will eventually hear of the term “Tori-awase”. This refers to the gathering of utensils that will be appropriate for the Tea gathering to take place. Those who are unfamiliar with this process can discover a mine field

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Foundation Stones of Cha-do Conitinued: The Seven Artistic Principles of Zen

There are Seven distinct artistic principles that were co opted by Zen Buddhism when it became a prominent cultural force in feudal Japan. These artistic concepts were extant during earlier times; and known to exist in the knowledge base of

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Foundation Stones of Cha-do Continued: 12 Artistic Accomplishments of the Court Noble

This Article speaks of the Artistic Foundations that have been practiced by the nobility of the Japanese Imperial Court through out history. People from the beginnings of Cha-do to the present day have been well aware of these principles. They

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One to One Chakai

Mr. Bob Bates is a delightful gentleman whom I met when I was attending a Midori-kai Alumni Intensive study retreat at Konnichi-an, Urasenke- in Kyoto Japan, in June of 2018. It was great to spend time with him and the

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New Years Chakai for New Guests

The Tea Guild is a group of Tea enthusiasts who enjoy the many aspects of tea here in Utah. I was fortunate to get to know this group and was able to invite them to a special tea gathering of

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New Years Chakai 2019

New Years is a special time for tea people. This year, Ryu-rei style using tables and chairs was presented. Two seki’s (groups of guests) were hosted in one day….I will never do that again. My back did not like me

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Halloween Chakai

On October 31st, 2018, An open house Halloween chakai was held at my home. Guests could drop in from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30. It was a blast! I had not hosted such an event for over twenty years. Some day

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Navajo Tea Demonstration

On March 26th, at the White Horse High School located on the Navajo Reservation on the boarder of Southern Utah and Arizona, a demonstration of The Way of Tea was held for the student scholars who had made Raku bowls

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The Foundation Stones of Cha-do, the Way of Tea

Referring to the post written by O Iemoto Zabosai Sen Soshitsu (Grand Tea Master of Urasenke), I relate the story of Rikyu and a Questioner. This article is written for beginners who might not be aware of these important rules

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Chakai in the Sky

On October 7th 2017 I had the opportunity to serve a simple Tea at “Island in the Sky” district of Canyonlands National Park located in Southern Utah. It was a gathering of only one guest and myself. It was unique

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