Philosophy of Tea
Service to Humanity
The philosophical perspective, concepts, and principles expressed in the Philosophy of Tea are analogous to our efforts to champion global human development as means to serve all of humanity. A segment is provide below.
The Philosophy of Tea
When tea is more than a drink and the tea ceremony is understood and practiced to foster harmony in humanity, promote harmony with nature, discipline the mind, quiet the heart, and attain the purity of enlightenment, the art of tea becomes teaism.
Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage. In China, in the eighth century, it entered the realm of poetry as one of the polite amusements. The fifteenth century saw Japan ennoble it into a religion of aestheticism--Teaism. Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.
The Philosophy of Tea is not mere aestheticism in the ordinary acceptance of the term, for it expresses conjointly with ethics and religion our whole point of view about man and nature. It is hygiene, for it enforces cleanliness; it is economics, for it shows comfort in simplicity rather than in the complex and costly; it is moral geometry, inasmuch as it defines our sense of proportion to the universe. It represents the true spirit of Eastern democracy by making all its votaries aristocrats in taste.
Pathway to Destiny
To serve humanity, to join the effort to advance humankind, you must see beyond appearances, see behind falsehoods, methods and schemes. In order to illuminate human minds one must see clearly and relate the abstract and the concrete in such a manner that, in your own life, a working idealism emerges to reveal the true nature of humanity, an entity-of-one advancing in spiritual awareness, intellectual ability, empathic consciousness, and with a collective will to fulfil its destiny.