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Japanese Tea Ceremony

Please join us for a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony led by Chado Master Donald Kimon Lightner. 

Chado, the Way of Tea, is one of the most time honored Japanese traditional arts. It encompasses all of the different Japanese art forms, aesthetics, and philosophy. Codified almost four hundred years ago by Sen Rikyu, the greatest tea master, the four spirits of tea signify the highest ideals of the Way of Tea: harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility. Its core elements involve the acts of serving and receiving a bowl of tea with the utmost sincerity, appreciation, and attentiveness, while bearing an attitude of single-mindedness and a keen awareness of the concept ichigo, ichie (one life, one opportunity).

Donald Kimon Lightner has been studying the Way of Tea since April 2000 and is a certified Urasenke Chado Instructor. He has also studied many of the tea related arts including Chinese calligraphy, ceramics, bamboo carving, woodworking and shifuku. He is ordained in the Zen tradition and is a member of the San Francisco Zen Center - Green Gulch where he also studies Chado. 

The number of attendees is limited, and advance sign-up is required. A donation of $5-10 is requested to help cover expenses.  For more information, contact Paul Buckwalter at buckokc@earthlink.net

Earlier Event: October 10
Board of Directors monthly meeting
Later Event: October 17
Practice Circle meeting