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2019年 人文課茶道教學

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經過許多志工的通力合作,聖馬刁慈濟人文學校3月10日準備了二場人文課茶道教學,約八十位志工及師生一起享用茶點、喝茶,及聆聽郭美玲師姊以茶說法。

甫進禮堂,茶道教學使用的長方桌,已舖上深藍色方桌巾,桌上除了備有一壺溫熱的小葉紅茶外,還點綴著綠葉與茶花,襯托出康乃馨的優雅與端莊,空氣中隱約飄散著淡淡清香。每個座位前,置放著小磁杯及小餐盤,盤中顏色鮮明的糕點、墨綠小葉片與新鮮的檸檬片相映成趣。


靜思茶道以茶的美學與品格教育無聲說法,透過習茶靜心澄靈。有別於傳統茶道與坊間茶藝,在行茶禮中融合了佛法,以茶入道,傳達人與人之間的祥和跟美善。「眾生如花,萬紫千紅眼前過;人生如茶,百般滋味在心頭。」由習茶涵養冷靜思考的心,呈現靜定柔美的外在氣質,即是「靜思茶道」的內涵。當我們喝下一口茶時,我們都要以感恩心,感恩茶農辛苦栽種、製茶與茶人用心沖泡。茶能提神醒腦,清心滌慮,茶是生活中的基本必需品,所以我們可看到茶的平等性。

 

郭美玲師姊說:紅茶有一種特殊的特質。紅茶的特殊,在於不論加入任何一種元素,都可以與其融合,成為眾人所接受的飲品。在茶的身上我們學習到「包容性」。今天茶道教學所準備的是「小葉紅茶」。在夏天天氣熱時,紅茶加上幾片檸檬、蜂蜜及冰塊就成了冰涼的「檸檬紅茶」。冬季寒冷時,放入桂圓、枸杞及紅棗就是溫熱的「養生茶」。加入鮮奶就是「奶茶」,若再加入圓滾滾的珍珠就是「珍珠奶茶」。

 

奉茶文化是臺灣獨一無二的人情味文化,學會泡好茶,以感恩心、尊重、愛之三心茶奉茶給賓客及家人。端捧茶盤時懷著「感恩心」;敬上茶盞時,以「尊重心」請佳賓喝茶;「愛」是奉茶時保持微笑,表達內心的善意與親和。

 

 

 

活動名稱:  2019年人文課茶道教學

時間: 2019-3-10 上午10:00 – 12:00

地點: 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA  舊禮堂

攝影、照相: 雷遠華、葉台美

文稿: 鄭瑞曄

English

2019 Tea Custom Lesson

Through the collaboration of numerous parent volunteers, Tzu Chi Chinese School prepared two tea custom classes on March 10th. Around eighty participants were invited to enjoy drinking tea and eating pastries, while listening to Ms. Meiling Cheng explain the significance of tea.

In the auditorium, the long, rectangular tea ceremony tables are covered with a dark blue tablecloth. The elegance and dignity of the ceremony is set off with a pot of black tea along the camellia and green leaves. The faint fragrance fills the air with the smell of freshly brewed leaves. In the place of each table setting, there lies a small cup and bowl filled with small pastries and some lemon slices.

Jingsi Tea Ceremony uses the aesthetics and quality to teach the unspeakable lessons. The Dharma is blended into the ceremony and used to convey the harmony between the people on earth. A famous quote translated to English says, “All beings are like flowers, and they are all in front of their eyes; life is like tea, and all tastes are in their hearts.” The heart that thinks calmly presents the temperament reflected by the tea ceremony. When drinking a sip of tea, one should always hold gratitude in their heart for the farmers that made and brewed the tea. Tea can refresh one’s body and calm their consciousness making it a necessity in life.

Ms. Meiling Cheng said that Black tea has a special trait. Black tea can be mixed with any element to become a drink everyone accepts. From tea they have learned the trait inclusiveness. The ceremony of the day focuses on teaching the preparation of small leaf black tea. When the weather is hot during the summer, black tea with lemon slices, honey, and ice cubes make a cooling lemon black tea drink. During the frosty winter nights, adding longan, glutinous rice, and red dates to black tea makes a warming and healthy drink. If you add milt to black tea, it becomes milk tea. Adding tapioca pearls to milk tea makes the famous pearl milk tea that a lot of people enjoy.

This tea culture is an unique culture originating from the country Taiwan. The process of making quality tea and offering it as a symbol of gratitude conveys the feeling of respect and love. Holding the tea tray shows a sign of gratefulness and should be a reminder to treat guests with the uttermost respect. The smile one holds when offering tea shows the sincerity of love and kindness that is emphasized in a sacred tea ceremony.

 

 

Event: 2019 Tea Custom Lesson

Time: Mar. 10, 2019 at 10:00am -12:00pm

Location: 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA multi-use room

Photos, video: W.W.Looi, Temmy Yeh

Article : Julia Cheng

Translator: Valerie Kuo, Jessica Lee

 

 

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