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Tea Ceremony: A Great Meditation

“Zen as a way of life”, an exhibition of paintings by Yuriko Lochan was launched on August 10, 2010 at Osho World galleria. The paintings are in ink on rice paper (‘Suiboku-ga’) and calligraphy. ‘Zen’ is the word derives from ‘Dhyan’ in Sanskrit, means meditation. The medium of these paintings is simple, yet is deep in its nature. Yuriko Lochan is an artist living in India since 1987. She has been holding her solo exhibitions in India as well as in Japan. Her works are reflection of her life in India and India as the source of human culture, and her origin- Japanese sensibilities.

A Japanese Tea ceremony was also organized during the occasion. Osho says- Nothing is ordinary in the eyes of Zen; everything is extraordinary because everything is divine. Zen Masters have transformed ordinary things like tea-drinking into religious ceremonies.

The tea ceremony is a great meditation; it takes hours. In every Zen monastery there is a separate place for the tea ceremony, a temple -- a temple for tea! And when people are invited by the Master they go to the temple in absolute silence. The temple is surrounded by rocks or a rock garden.

And when a person goes - when the Master invites someone for tea -- he takes a bath, he meditates, he cools himself down. He prepares himself because it is no ordinary occasion: an invitation from the Master. Then he walks the rocky path with full awareness, slowly. The closer he comes to the temple, the more alert he becomes. He becomes alert to the birds singing. He becomes alert to the flowers, their colors, their fragrance. And as he comes closer to the tearoom he starts hearing the noise of the samovar. He goes in. The shoes have to be left outside. He enters very silently, bows down to the Master, sits quietly in a corner listening to the samovar, the humming sound of the samovar...and the subtle fragrance of tea filling the room. It is a prayerful moment.

Then cups and saucers are given. The Master himself gives those cups and saucers...the way he gives. He pours the tea...the way he pours. Then they all sip the tea silently. It has to be sipped with tremendous awareness; then it becomes a meditation.

And if tea-drinking can become a meditation, then anything can become a meditation -- cooking or washing your clothes, any activity can be transformed into meditation. And the real sannyasin, the real seeker, will transform all his acts into meditation. Only then, when meditation spreads over all your life, not only when you are awake in the day -- slowly slowly it starts penetrating and permeating your being in sleep too -- when it becomes just part of you, like breathing, like your heartbeat, then, only, have you attained to the discipline, to the essential discipline of Zen.
OSHO,
Ah This! Ch 5

 
 


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