Wise Words from Tea

To have the mind to enter this path is,
indeed to have an inherent teacher.


To become adept at something
requires liking it, adroitness, and the
accumulation of training. It is the
person with all these three who will
realize mastery. 


Abandon your weakness and just be strong. 
However, refrain from being offensive in manner.  

The above are selected translated poems from Sen Rikyu (1522-1591), Japanese Tea Master who reiterated the importance of the beauty of simplicity (Wabi-cha)  and overall seemed like a real chill guy. While going for intricate, delicate Japanese Tea Ceremonies always make me feel like a bull in a China shop, it’s a calming ritual that clears the mind. I can sort of get why all these Tea Masters can come up with such wise things if they are doing these tea practices so often.

If you’d like to participate in a Japanese Tea Ceremony, you can contact the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Association (Liang Court, #02-11) at info@chadourasenketankokaisg.com to find out about their schedule of public tea gathering events.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Han Yang
    Jul 27, 2011 @ 23:54:45

    Hi Melanie, thanks for your sharing session on tea at the national museum. It is interesting to know about how tea has played an important role in shaping the world we now know. The tea appreciation is thoughtful planned as well and the ceremonie tea is fantastic! Do you know if they are sold in Singapore?


  2. Tea Lady Mel
    Jul 28, 2011 @ 07:44:33

    Hi Han Yang, thanks for dropping a note! Ceremonie tea is exclusively distributed by Art Complete and will be launched in the Singapore market soon. If you could e-mail me at mel@melanielee.sg, I can send you their contacts.


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