Zen Ritual: The Tea Ceremony The Zen Buddhist tea ceremony, most commonly associated with cultural practices in Japan called sado, is not simply a means to engage in drinking a hot beverage. In some circumstances, according to Porcu (2008), the tea ceremony has been shown to be a performance designed to draw in visitors to a temple. It can also be a complex and painstakingly formal ritual designed to instruct participants in the correct way of living, according to Shin'ichi (1970). In both situations, the tea ceremony is a formalized representation of the details of one’s entire life, wrapped up in finite and carefully constructed actions between host and guests. This essay serves to explore the details of what happens and who participates...The end:
.....tea ceremony allows for a formalized representation of what we do every day, so that we can begin to draw meaning and understanding from the types of actions that we take. This, in turn, allows us to better understand our guests, and by extension, the way that the social world works. The tea ceremony is therefore an act of fundamental instruction in the Japanese way of life.References Holland, J.-H. 2000. A Public Tea Gathering: Theater and Ritual in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Journal of Ritual Studies 14.1: 32-46. Kondo, D. 1985. The Way of Tea: A Symbolic Analysis. Man 20.2: 276-306. Porcu, E. 2008. Pure Land Buddhism in Modern Japanese Culture. Leiden: Brill. Shin'ichi, H. 1970. The Nature of Sado Culture. The Eastern Buddhist 3.2: 9-19.