Best Audience: Tea enthusiasts with a mind toward meditative tea practice, folks who long for a meditation or meditative way of life that’s simple…and who love tea!
I picked up The Way of Tea: Reflections on a Life with Tea by Aaron Fisher a few years ago. I was looking for a deeper understanding of the history of tea from a philosophical or spiritual perspective. Aaron’s reflections on living the Life of Tea turned out to be exactly that. His approach is one of someone clearly steeped in Zen and Buddhist tradition who sees the meditative qualities of tea as paramount to a true appreciation of the Leaf.
Rather than a lot of how-tos and descriptions of tastes or best steeping practices, Aaron offers us an approach to living with tea, Cha Tao, that’s flexible and easily accommodates our modern lifestyles. He talks about the underlaying values and intentions that are so integral to appreciating the connection one can make with the Tao when interacting with tea. I especially appreciated the stories he offers of Tea Masters who have shaped the tea culture we know today. Better understanding how they encountered tea has helped me shift my own approach…and got me once again dreaming of a friend or two who long as I do for the sacred and Universal only available through a shared cup of tea.
The Way of Tea: Reflections on a Life with Tea is a short read, but I highly recommend taking it in slowly. Savor each story, each word, each drop of wisdom as you would a well-made cup of tea. This book is clearly meant to open the door to a deeper appreciation of tea, and if you approach it with right intention, it will most certainly deliver.
The Bottom Line: The Way of Tea: Reflections on a Life with Tea by Aaron Fisher has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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