Jun 17, 2016

Tea Seminar in June

This summer is full of warmth and flowers. Linden flowers' smell is everywhere in Bucharest, which gives a relaxing mood, especially in the morning end very late in the evening. Opening the window of our chashitsu brings in this smell, together with the song of blackbirds.

We have found it a good day to practice Mawaribana. I will help understanding of Mawaribana with this painting:

"All is vanity" or all is in vain... While the sun, the earth or the moon will always be
there, what we do ... is never new, and is never going to last. How can we accept this, how much wisdom do we need and how will we symbolize it? There is more to Chabana than just cutting flowers and find a nice arrangement, pleasant to the eye. While I make a flower arrangement I stay with this feeling and I try to symbolize it: beauty and grief for what it is to not last, in the same time.

Mawaribana is an exercise where 5 of us are trying in turn to make a flower arrangement, with their feelings and creativity.
Chanoyu does not stop, though it does, to the making of a cup of tea. The art of the flower arrangement, the art of appreciating incense, for example, are part of Chanoyu.
I find it very hard to describe in words something about smell.
Earth sustained fire, fire burnt the wood, which transformed into a pleasant wind, with a thin fragrance.

 In the hot summer, the feeling of fresh water is like peace on a battlefield.

Special tea procedures for this feeling, hoping the guest feels better.

 More practice for new and old.

As the day went by, and we came closer to sundown, we enjoyed the melancholy of the think tea.