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Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Presence Of Tea

All the photos are about Mingwang Hei Cha - The last tea Eric and I filled with peace

I was very delighted to host my friend, Eric to have a private tea ceremony this Tuesday afternoon. 

 The remarkable experience and feelings were incredible. The tranquility of tea was fully engaged our body and mind; the energy of tea was enlightened our soul and spirit. Nothing else but the presence of tea, the purity of tea and the peace of tea.

I was amazed by Eric's deep appreciation and connection with tea. It was very inspiring and meaningful to me. His relationship with tea infused my relationship with him on a different level. 

Thank you, Eric, for your precious presence and your precious presence with tea. The moment of the presence with you and tea only once in our lives. It is truly priceless!

And, thank you for sharing your tea ceremony experience at my club.

I spent an afternoon having a private tea session with my good friend Guitian, also referred to as “Becky.”  We went through some amazing teas, including a Phoenix Wulong newly arrived that was unreal; with a floral aroma next to none and such a strong aftertaste… this Phoenix was amazing.  BUT, we ended the day with a near ecstasy.
  I have wanted to learn more about heicha (dark tea) and was excited when she started to pull out a few.  We had 2 great Fuzhuan teas; sweet and smooth, quality Fuzhuan is a must try!  My heart started to beat fast as she started to tell me about the last one we were going to sip.  It was an exclusive tea that she got from one of her tea masters, a most gracious gift.  It’s called Mingwang Heicha (名望黑茶, 渠江薄片) from Qu Jiang, Anhua, Hunan; translated to “Famous Reputation Dark Tea, Qu River Thin Slices” this tea was also produced not far from Guitian’s home town.  Not knowing what I was doing, I told her not to waste it on me once she told me the estimated price.  Alas, she insisted and I finally gave in. 
I have only been drinking Dark teas for less than a year, and I was praying silently that I could appreciate it. 
I took the normal three sips… silence filled my ears… the music once in the background had vanished.  Three sips, perhaps less than an ounce and I could feel the Qi begin to overtake my body.  We drank on. My mind blurred and my body warmed and tingled.  The head, the neck and the hands were affected the most, but as we drank on, the warmth reached my entire body.  I think it was the 3rd or 4th cup where my eyelids started to feel very heavy.  All my focus was on nothing and nothing was everywhere.  We were both in a state of amazement. It felt as if my soul left my body and moved about 3 feet to the right, or left… wherever it moved it certainly was not within me.  I even became emotional, an effect I have never before experienced from tea. My words slurred and I think, but am not sure, that I was thinking out loud.
Sadly around the, I have no idea which infusion or cup, I had to stop as I would have fallen asleep and missed my bus.  It was an afternoon to remember, all her teas were superb, but that last heicha took me to the Elysian Fields. As I started to leave she offered me a small bit.  I refused; we shall share this experience the next time we sit down for tea with each other.  I am forever indebted to Guitian not only for sharing such amazing tea with me, but more importantly… sharing the experience.
-Eric Glass
The owner of The Fragrant Cup

Private Tea Ceremony

I am so pleased to announce you that there is a tea ceremony just for you.

Firstly, I would like to invite you to my experience of performing tea ceremonies. I tried to explain what my feelings are, but it is something can not be said by words. The sound of pouring tea is one of my favorite enjoyments. ' The Sound Of Pouring Tea', stayed in my heart for a long time. 

Today, I would like to share it with you. I never really went to school to study English, excuse my mistakes if there is any appear to you:  

The Sound of Pouring Tea         

I fall in love with you,
Not because I enjoy drinking you.

I fall in love with you,
Not because I like the sound of rain.

I fall in love with you,
Not because I aid the sound of you.

I fall in love with you,
Because who you really are.

Your sound is the sound of natural.
It draws my attention to appreciation.
It calms down my nerve system.
It cleans my unconsciousness mind.
It fulfills my soul with natural sustenance.

Your sound is the mirror of my heart.
When my heart beat raises, your sound is in a rush.
When my heart is with you and myself, your sound is the sound of the universe.

Your sound is my communication with you, natural and my spirit.
My hand gently bring your speech out, your sound speakers for my soul.
Each of your drop is the gold of
Our conversation in this noble silence.
We follow the rhythm, absorb our energy to compose our music together.

Sometimes, we fight when I burn my fingers or my eyes look away from you.
Other times, we combine to one and complete for each other.

Your sound is the sound of bell in temple, it rings before my meditation.

Your sound is the reflection of my elegance and who I am here and now.

Oh! I fall in love with you, the underneath part of your sound.

Oh! I fall in love with you, the meaning of the sound you actually meant.
Secondly, I would like invite you to be in the poem. A tea ceremony is a poem, we created a different poem at each ceremony.  You, tea and I are the words, phrases, meaning of the poem. 

I am so pleased to announce you that there is a tea ceremony just for you.

High-end Authentic Hand-Crafted refined Chinese teas and delicate suitable tea-wares are carefully selected by the Tea Master Guitian Li, accompanied by soothing classical Chinese music, to deliver the beauty and ritual of tea art is brilliant energy is poured into each cup. Delicious snacks are served. In all, deep into philosophical thoughts and inner peace through the Art of Tea!

Besides, the tea ceremony is a tea education class to learn about tea production, plantation, culture, philosophy, health. It is an experience of the art of Kunfu Tea and the art of imbibing.

Moreover, the tea ceremony relates to etiquette, literature, music, paintings, poems, calligraphy, cuisine, history, language study, meditation. Each ceremony creates a different pattern and energy, relaxation, celebration, friendship, elegance, preparation and tea.

Please click here to find out more information about the private tea ceremony.

Tea Meditation


This cup of tea in my two hands, mindfulness held perfectly. My mind and body dwell in here and now.
Drinking tea in noble silence, the tea becomes real with our mindfulness and we are fully aware of its taste. 

We allow the silence and the calmness to penetrate our flesh and bones. We allow the energy of tea and its mindfulness to penetrate our body and mind. We drink with silence, we communicate with silence, we understand each other with silence, we appreciate with silence. The Gold of Silence talks louder than any word.

Tea is a gift of the earth, the sky, numerous living beings and much hard work.

We shall drink with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive it.
We shall enjoy every sip we take. Each sip is nourishing and healing. As we drink, imprint our gratitude and our love in to the natural.
We shall keep our compassion alive by sipping in such a way that we reduce the suffering of living beings.
We shall leisurely sip the joy and peace from each cup, permeate the nurturing energy, nourish mindfulness with purified spirit, 
We are present with each sip. We give our full attention to tea, to others and yourself.
We enhance relationships with purified spirit, and cultivate relationships with tea, nature, harmony.
We breathe in all the beauty and energy of the natural, and breathe out our suffering- our feelings of anger, hatred, fear, inadequacy and grief.

We take our time as we drink, holding each sip at least 10 seconds, until your entire month was purified by the tea. This aids the real taste of tea. Let us enjoy every morsel of our tea and the presence. Let us establish ourselves in the present moment, be free from yesterday and free from tomorrow. Drinking in such a way that solidity, joy and peace be possible during the time of drinking.
Practicing tea meditation is to be truly present your relationship with tea, our friends and natural. We recognize that we can dwell happily in the present moment despite all of our sorrows and worries.
Tea meditation is practiced at a traditional Chinese KongFu tea ceremony. It is performed and drunken in noble silence. 
Please join us to meditate with tea, to reach the path to the inner peace.
Please click here to find about the details about noble silent tea ceremony at Guitian's Tea Club

About Me

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Seattle, WA, United States
I grew up with tea, and it continues to fill my life with so much beauty and discovery, pleasure, peace and friends. It is always leading me toward a greater understanding of culture, nature, myself and others. It is my hope to use this space to share the joy of tea and tea culture with you.