Chado

Chado (Cha: tea, Do: way) is the traditional Japanese Way of Tea. Also known as chanoyu (Japanese: cha, tea (from Middle Chinese) + no, possessive particle + yu, hot water), or 'tea ceremony', it is simply a ritual that features preparing a bowl of tea and serving it to guests.

Served with a respectful heart and received with gratitude, a bowl of tea satisfies both physical and spiritual thirst.


“The simple act of serving tea and receiving it with gratitude is the basis for a way of life called Chado, the Way of Tea”.Dr. Soshitsu Sen


















“The chaji (a formal Tea event) is a form of ritual which developed out of the concern for Tea as a vehicle for enlightenment”.Anderson L. Jennifer1987 (Japanese Tea Ritual)

The underlying philosophy of Tea evolved from Zen Buddhism. Zen is the Japanese counterpart of the Chinese word chan, which is a translation of the Sanskrit word dhyana, meaning the meditation that leads to deep spiritual insight. Both Tea and Zen emphasize a way of training body and mind in awareness that has potential to become a rigorous spiritual discipline.

Wabi: Since the introduction of tea from China by Buddhist monks in Japan in the 9th century, tea ceremony developed as a "transformative practice," and began to evolve its own aesthetic, in particular that of wabi, meaning quiet or sober refinement, or subdued taste.

Ichi-go ichi-e: By the 16th century, tea drinking had spread to all levels of society in Japan. Urasenke founder, Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591), perhaps the most well-known and still revered historical figure in tea ceremony, followed his master Takeno Jōō's concept of ichi-go ichi-e, a belief that each meeting should be treasured, for it can never be reproduced.

Sen Rikyu summarized the principles of the discipline of Tea into four concepts: Harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility, or the peace of mind that comes with the realization of the first three principles.

By learning chado, we seek to obtain an ultimate peace of mind.

"The Way of Tea is Zen and the Zen mind is the Way of Tea".Sen Sōtan (1578–1658)