Tea Ceremony

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All dharmas are not two; Seon meditation and drinking tea are no different.
~ Choui Euisun (1786~1866. Eminent Master from the late Joseon Period)

Tea Ceremony

All dharmas are not two; Seon meditation and drinking tea are no different.
~ Choui Euisun (1786~1866. Eminent Master from the late Joseon Period)

Wild Tea

Early in a dawn when morning dew is still fresh on
young tea leaves, monks pick tea leaves one by one by
hand. The traditional Korean tea making technique
is called gujeunggupo, which means tea is heated
nine times and dried nine times before being served.
The first and the last roasting of tea in particular
determine the quality of finished product.
Roast excessively, tea is tainted with metal-like odor ;
if prematurely removed from fire, its fragrance
lacks depth.

Tea making is a long and difficult process and only
a small amount of tea gets produced in the end.
Because of this reason, tea is a symbol of precious
offering. It is presented before Buddha as an offering
and monks drink tea to help with their practice or
entertain guests. A cup of tea warms up many hearts. A
rich forest of tea trees near a temple is an indication
of a temple’s long history, grown from the seeds
planted by the monks of ancient times. As time passed
by, the trees became a part of wild nature, but trees
still sprout new shoots very spring without fail.

Drinking tea and Seon meditation
is one and the same

All dharmas are not two; Seon meditation and drinking tea are no different.
~ Choui Euisun (1786~1866. Eminent Master from the late Joseon Period)

Tea and Buddhism were introduced to Korea
hand in hand during the Three Kingdoms period.
In the beginning, tea was an expensive imported
commodity only for the royals and high ranking
monks but eventually, tea trees were planted and
tea was made available for general public too.

During the Goryeo period, also known as the
Golden age of Buddhism, the art of tea achieved
a level of sophistication that rivaled Chinese tea
art where tea originated from.
Tea and Buddhism were introduced to Korea
hand in hand during the Three Kingdoms period.
In the beginning, tea was an expensive imported
commodity only for the royals and high ranking
monks but eventually, tea trees were planted and
tea was made available for general public too.

During the Goryeo period, also known as the
Golden age of Buddhism, the art of tea achieved
a level of sophistication that rivaled Chinese tea
art where tea originated from.
Tea and Buddhism were introduced to Korea
hand in hand during the Three Kingdoms period.
In the beginning, tea was an expensive imported
commodity only for the royals and high ranking
monks but eventually, tea trees were planted and
tea was made available for general public too.

During the Goryeo period, also known as the
Golden age of Buddhism, the art of tea achieved
a level of sophistication that rivaled Chinese tea
art where tea originated from.

Drinking tea
and Seon meditation
is one and the same
Tea Ceremony