時間: 2019-3-10 上午10:00 – 12:00
地點: 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 舊禮堂
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