Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Going on a tea break

A long tea break...

Be back soon.

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In the above photo, I am in the Japanese tea house at Green Gulch Zen Center in Muir Beach, Northern California. I am learning how to fold the tea napkin used in the Japanese tea ceremony.
In August, 2001, I attended the American School of Japanese Arts held at Green Gulch Zen Center. For eight full and exciting days, I practiced chanoyu (tea ceremony), bokugi (Japanese brush), shintaido (a new body/spirit exercise), and kyogen (comic theatre) with fifteen other students and our senseis.

We wore hakama (split leg kimono) and geta (wooden sandals) and slept in the beautiful guest house on the grounds of Green Gulch.

The entire ASJA program--daily lessons, the master teachers, the students, as well as the environment at the Zen Center--was amazing.

More ASJA photos to follow.

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