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What is Chado?

In my own hands I hold a bowl of tea; I see all of nature represented in its green color. Closing my eyes I find green mountains and pure water within my own heart. Silently, sitting alone, drinking tea, I feel these become part of me. Sharing this bowl of tea with others, they, too, become one with it and nature. That we can find a lasting tranquility in our own selves in the company with each other is the paradox that is the Way of Tea.

- Dr. Genshitsu Sen, Urasenke Grand Master XV

Chado (the Japanese “Way of Tea”) is based on the simple act of boiling water, making tea, and offering it to others. Served with a respectful heart and received with gratitude, a bowl of tea satisfies both the physical and spiritual thirst.

When people are invited to a gathering to drink tea, they can anticipate sitting in a small room in seclusion from the everyday world. The host ensures that the room is immaculate, hangs a scroll, arranges flowers, prepares a fire to boil the water for tea, and perhaps offers a light meal.

Although much has been written about Chado’s meditative qualities, quiet aesthetic, graceful dignity, and importance in Japanese culture, written words fail to communicate its totality. Chado is an ultimately a personal experience, which leaves one with a profound feeling of well-being and harmony with others and nature (see Resources page).