Like Tea, incense ceremony is a powerful way to practice mindfulness and then share it with others. Our teacher, Chen Yu Ting always says that the mind creates the aroma. As Chajin, we know that our bowl reflects our practice—both our skill, and our state of mind. In incense, we also use another plant medicine, aloeswood, to connect to Nature and center ourselves. Through this course, we can delight in the bliss of a powerful incense session, cultivate mindfulness and openness to Nature’s healing as well as the ability to share all that with others. Yu Ting is a wonderful person and a great teacher. Whether you want to understand incense to enhance your tea sessions or to learn traditional incense ceremony itself, this course will be a rewarding exploration into a very familiar and complementary practice to Cha Dao.
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!
- All about the utensils used in incense ceremony
- Decoration and preparation for incense ceremony
- Incense for tea
- Different ceremonial methods, including a simple way to start your practice
- Details into several of the skills needed to conduct incense ceremony, including practices you can repeat
- Over 7 hours of instructions on all areas of incense ceremony
- Different methods of ceremony to practice
- How-to guides for holding and using the utensils
- Several homework practices to repeat and work on
- Several resources to read on aloeswood and other aspects of incense ceremony
- Bonus lesson with Master Tsai on the parallels of tea and incense
Chen Yu Ting was born in Puli, central Taiwan. She is a student of Master Tsai Yizhe, whom many of you know from our Annual Trips and articles in the magazine. Together with him, she runs their teahouse “Lost, Trained, Found” in Taipei. She is an amazing Chajin and tea teacher as well, brewing with a deep and centered practice and a real love for kindness. She has studied incense ceremony for several years and been teaching us for the last three years or so. After learning from several teachers, her and Master Tsai have developed their own “Noble Incense Ceremony” method based on the traditional incense ceremonies of China and Japan. Yu Ting is a very kind and patient teacher. Her incense ceremonies are transcendent. Her movements are soft, graceful and so centered in a powerful mindfulness. Though she is very skilled, she always takes the time to demonstrate what she is doing in a way that is easy to follow and repeat. We know that you will come to love and respect her as we do.
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.