Beginner Lesson Introduction Series
10-11:30 AM. Four Saturdays: March 2, 9, 16, 23
at Appamada, contemporary Zen center
913 East 38th Street, Austin 78705
This series of lessons is an introduction to the Bonryaku Temae, an informal procedure for preparing matcha (powdered green tea) for family and friends in any season and in the ryurei, table style, rather than kneeling on tatami mats.
It usually takes ten or more lessons to learn Bonryaku Temae. After this introduction series, you may enroll in additional series to refine your technique and enjoy the practice with others. Private or group lessons are also available.
Instruction will include: an introduction to the host and guest roles for Bonryaku; the principles of Chado; how Chado relates to Japanese culture and arts.
Fee: $100 for 4 classes, which includes matcha and Japanese confections, and utensils for use during class except for your own fukusa (silk purification cloth; red for women, purple for men), which you may purchase on your own, or by adding $34 to the enrollment fee.
To enroll - please contact Linda.
Instructor - Linda Mosley, holds a Hikitsugi, Urasenke Tea Ceremony Teacher Certificate.
Chanoyu - Literally translated, chanoyu is “hot water for tea,” or Japanese Tea Ceremony in English. This five hundred year old tradition, rooted in Zen Buddhism, is a social and aesthetic communion centered on the preparation of matcha, powdered green tea, with humble sincerity.
Chado - Those who practice Chado, The Way of Tea, continually refine their ability to create Ichigo Ichie, a once in a lifetime moment, at each gathering. For example, they learn to enhance the experience by selecting utensils, scroll and flowers for each occasion.
Benefits - The meditative pace and focus on the moment increases awareness and a deeper appreciation of nature and the arts. Practicing the various temae (procedures) exercises memory. Drinking matcha provides healthy antioxidants and gentle, long-lasting stimulation from caffeine.