Feb 26, 2003

more tea
Scenes from a Country Tea Room--shari elf art-- JAPANESE AESTHETICS: THE CONSTRUCTION OF MEANING...The Japanese ideal of life converging with art is best embodied in the tea ceremony, or chanoyu, where setting, utensils, and attendants join together to create a living art form. Evidence suggests tea-drinking began in Japan at the start of the 9th century. However, it was not until the introduction of Matcha (powdered green tea) by the priest Jojin, studying in China in the11th century, that tea-drinking began for medicinal use, and as an aid in Zen meditation--THE BEAUTY OF IT ALL : A TENTATIVE EXPLORATION OF TARIKI’S AESTHETIC ACTION--Dependent origination and the dual-nature of the Japanese Aesthetic--Psychological Aspects of the Way of Tea--Wabi Aesthetics
Wabi and Sabi
The two dominant principles of Chinese and Japanese art and culture are wabi and sabi. Wabi is literally poverty, but here it refers not to the absence of material possessions but to the non-dependence upon material possessions. Wabi is a divestment of the material that surpasses material wealth. Wabi is simplicity that has shaken off the material in order to relate directly with nature and reality. This absence of dependence also frees itself from indulgence, ornateness, pomposity. Wabi is quiet contentment with simple things.

Sabi is literally solitude or even loneliness. This is the atmosphere of the best Tang poets of China and haiku of Japan. Where wabi is material non-dependence, sabi is non-dependence in a psychological and spiritual sense. It rejects all contrived attachments in favor of reality and nature. Sabi involves imbalance and asymmetry in order to avoid contrivance, a rejection of the abstract and intellectual. Like Zen, sabi emphasizes the completeness of simple, even primitive experiences (moon-gazing, gardening, the tea ceremony) and objects (food bowls, tea cups, braziers, brush-stroked calligraphy, bonsai). There is utter grace in the execution, but a deliberate roughness or antiquarian primitiveness bordering on imperfection and lack of sophistication.

Ritual of Tea and chaT -- Yasunoke Fukukita: Tea Cult of Japan --The History of Tea--Okakura Kakuzo: The Book of Tea ...tea links all via plep

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