This course is for anyone who is looking to learn a ceremonial tea practice, and how to integrate it into daily life. The curriculum is designed to help the novice get started and to offer plenty of insights for those already immersed in a life of 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!
- Learn two traditional tea ceremonies
- Understand the details of tea preparation, like water and tea selection
- Explore the ways that a tea practice can be used as self-cultivation
- Investigate why tea has been used as plant medicine for thousands of years
- Learn to live in harmony with Nature, ourselves and others
- Discover chaxi, and its implications on life and tea
- Learn meditation techniques to bring peace to your life
- Find a path of service to share with those you care about
- 14 hours of teachings divided into life wisdom and practical knowledge on traditional, ceremonial tea preparation.
- 3 one-hour meditation instructions to begin a meditation practice to support your wellbeing and your tea practice.
- A one-hour metta meditation to finish the course happily
- Daily homework
- Supplementary reading materials, videos and more
- Daily slogans and questions to contemplate
- A forum full of questions, answers and the insights of other course participants.
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.