Join us this fall for Cha-Do: The Way of Tea

MZMC will host two traditional Japanese tea ceremonies this fall. We hope you will be able to join us!
Sunday, September 17, 1:30 pm (full), or
Sunday, September 17, 3:30 pm
This event is open to anyone interested in learning about the tea ceremony and its practice. Each ceremony is limited to eight participants.

Suggested donation for participants is $35.
Register for Sunday, September 17, 3:30 pm
Space is limited, so please register early. All doantions are tax deductible.
Click here to download a flier.

More about the tea ceremony:
Cha-Do: The Way of Tea
by Jack Sattel

It is often said that all the major Japanese arts — ceramics, calligraphy, flower arranging and more — come together in Cha-do. More usually referred to as the Japanese tea ceremony, Cha-do has had a group of practitioners and teachers for more than 25 years in Minnesota.

Tea itself was first introduced to Japan from China in the 6th century. It wasn't until 1191 that tea really took hold in Japan with the return from China of the Zen priest Eisai (1141-1215). Eisai introduced powdered tea and tea seeds brought back from China — planting the seeds at the Kozan-ji Temple in the hills northwest of Kyoto.

The tea master Sen Rikyu (1522-1591) developed the "wabi-cha" style of tea built around quiet and austere taste — and this is the style of tea that is practiced and taught in Japan and around the world to the present day. The concepts of "wa/kei/sei/jaku" (harmony/respect/purity/tranquility) are the principles that practitioners seek to integrate into their study of tea and their daily lives.

A long time ago Sen Rikyu said that Cha-do is nothing more than boiling water, making tea, and drinking it. It is this simplicity that makes the study of the tea ceremony a lifelong pursuit.

The tea ceremony that will be performed at MZMC this fall has been taught in Japan from generation to generation by the Urasenke branch of the Sen family. We are most fortunate to have the support of these devoted individuals and those they have trained.

Our mission is to help people experience a deep and quiet joy – a joy that arises whenever we are fully engaged in the work or play of this moment.