Written in English in 1906 (exactly 100 years ago), this seminal text on the meaning and practice of the tea ceremony was a pioneering effort in cultural bridge-building between East and West.
Okakura perceived cha-no-yu - literally "Way of Tea" - as a form of spiritual culture: a discipline that transforms itself into an 'art of life' rooted in the religious values of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.
It encompasses an appreciation of the most ordinary details of daily life, and at its core lies a moral geometry that keeps us mindful of our place in the greater scheme of the universe. "The Book of Tea" may have been written one hundred years ago, but it continues to resonate as deeply with readers today as it did when it was written.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 156 pages, b&w
- Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc
- Publication Date: 07/02/2006
- Category: Buddhism
- ISBN: 9784770030146