Boiling tea is the oldest brewing method, dating back thousands of years. Boiling tea leaves is very enjoyable, relaxing and powerful as a medicinal or spiritual approach to tea as well. It is delicious, offering aspects of our teas we aren’t used to when we steep them. This course will be more of a technical approach to all the history and methods used to boil tea.
Watch all the videos at your own pace, in your own home.
There is no schedule: pause and take notes, pick up later, learning in your own way!
Get all the tea & teaware you need to start boiling with us.
- Learn the ancient history of boiling tea
- Discuss what boiling tea offers versus steeping tea
- Practice three different methods of boiling tea
- Explore a casual and ceremonial approach to boiling tea
- Understand the Five Elements more deeply in terms of tea
- Explore water and fire more deeply when boiling tea
- Try out “Five Element Blending” to create your own boiled blends
- Learn how to use boiled tea to serve roadside tea in your community
- 10 hours of teaching on all aspects of boiling tea
- Bonus videos on other aspects of tea
- Daily homework
- Supplementary reading materials
For more than twenty-five years Wu De has dedicated himself to the study and teaching of Cha Dao and Zen in all their forms, writing books, articles and traveling the world teaching. Aaron Fisher was born in a very small town in Ohio and grew up practicing martial arts, which first introduced him to Eastern practices. In college, he studied anthropology and Asian philosophy. At that time, he also began a meditation practice, which ultimately led him to India upon graduation. After a few years in India, he traveled Asia, eventually settling in Japan and then Taiwan, where he has continued his studies of meditation and tea ceremony to this day. “Wu De” is his dharma name, given when he committed more deeply to Zen practice.
Together with this community and the hard work of hundreds of volunteers, Wu De helped found the Tea Sage Hut center and Global Tea Hut magazine and tea club. However, Chajin (tea people) seek no credit or acclaim. Wu De always says that the only masters in Zen and Tea are those who have passed away; the rest of us are students and remain so for as long as we live. “You want to call me ‘master’,” he often says, “wait until I’m dead. Until then, I am a student of the Leaf!” High seats have no place in Zen or in Tea. In Zen and Tea, we all sit on the same floor and practice, live and work together.
If you are experiencing financial hardship please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, as we will have some scholarships available and want to do our best to make sure finances aren’t the only reason you cannot attend. Also, contact us if you would like to donate a space for another less fortunate tea lover.