Every time think of those questions I have came across, I can only laugh with tear and don’t know how to answer:
- How long will it take for me to become a Tea Master?
- How long and how much will it cost to learn Cha Dao?
Cha Dao, Cha Dao, The way of Tea, what tea? which Dao?
Only learning how to brew tea, nicely name it tea art, talking about tea culture with words;
No knowing the reason behind, not able to implement the essence of morals in actions;
Not able to commit without asking things in return, speaking without heart;
What come with teas? Where goes with the Dao?
Cha Yi, Cha Yi, the art of tea, which art? is it really for tea or for egoism?
Not have sufficient knowledge about tea, knowing the name without knowing its soul;
Dressing up with beautiful cloth and performing fine looking movements, emptiness under the appearance, like a dancing butterfly that does not last long if not knowing the essence behind each movement and meaning of Zen.
Which future good pure quality teas can have, if not enough people knowing the roots of tea, not showing how to show respect and to learn tea?
Calculating price when purchasing tea, chatting loudly when tasting tea, how do you management tea moment when you normally should listen to the value of “Harmony, Tranquility, Purity, Respect” in tea?
It’s sad to see how thousands of year Chinese tea culture end up with a simple show of Cha Yi (the art of tea); sometimes it worries me out and makes me sad, after all I am just a normal human being.
The more exhaution I have, the more it motivates me to clean my head up. No matter what, the teaching from parents forever live in me;
The pocket can be empty, but the heart may not;
muscles may feel tire and weak, but not with emptiness in heart;
regardless how many challenges lying ahead, must keep the back bone straight;
I am just a small Cha Ren (Tea Woman), devote my life to tea with joy.
Come on, let’s have a cup of tea !