The Way of Tea: Health, Harmony, and Inner Calm (Paperback)
Clarity. Health. Peace of mind. These are the goals of The Way of Tea. In this book, readers will learn more about all aspects of tea--from the practical to the spiritual--and how they can implement the accompanying ancient traditions into their modern life. With The Way of Tea, you'll start by tapping into the wisdom and insights of the Chinese tea masters, learn more about the distinct practices of the chanoyu ("tea ceremony"), and delve into the healthful and holistic benefits of drinking tea. With its antioxidants, polyphenols and amino acids, tea reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease, lowers blood pressure, relieves stress, can help prevent diabetes and eye disease, and improve dental health. Readers will also gain an appreciation for the meditative properties of tea and tea rituals. By engaging with and incorporating these mindfulness practices, you can journey down a path leading to calm and quietude, marked by a greater self-awareness and presence of mind. This new edition includes:
- An in-depth look at the health benefits of tea
- A brewing guide for beginners detailing the simple "leaves in a bowl" method
- Step-by-step introductions to the Bowl and Teapot tea ceremonies
- 48 pages of color photos, prints, and paintings from the author's extensive collection
Aaron Fisher studied anthropology and philosophy and traveled the world extensively--spending several years in India, China, and Japan--before settling in Taiwan, where he currently resides. He has been studying and writing about tea for two decades and is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The-Leaf.org, an online magazine promoting an understanding of tea and the Tao. He is also senior editor for The Art of Tea magazine and has published many articles in Chinese and English in periodicals such as Puerh Teapot and Enjoying Tea. He helped translate and edit Sian Yan Yun's The Tea Horse Road and is the author of Tea Wisdom.