In China, Tea is not only an important part of the daily life but also an essense of the Chinese culture and history. As Wang Anshi (1021-1086) a famous political reformer and literate of the Song Dynasty once said: “Tea is as indispensable in daily life as rice and salt“. Chinese Tea is also closely linked with Chinese Daoism, Buddhism and Confucianism.
As I am in China during this week I will be sharing everything that I learn about the Chinese Tea culture but I would like to start today by sharing a poem from Lu Tong, a poet during the Chinese Tang Dynasty who studied the Tea culture and wrote several poems about Tea.
“The first cup caresses my dry lips and throat.
The second shatters the walls of my lonely sadness.
The third searches the dry rivulets of my soul to find the stories of five thousand scrolls.
With the fourth the pain of life’s grievances evaporates through my pores.
The fifth relaxes my muscles and bones become light.
With the sixth I find the path that leads to the immortal ancestors.
Oh the seventh cup! Better not take it! If I had it the only feeling
Is the fresh wind blowing through my wings,
As I make my way to Penglai.”
Lu Tong, Seven Bowls of Tea
Happy Tea Break.