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The Book of Tea by Kakuzō Okakura
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Feb 16, 2011

really liked it
Read in February, 2011

It was amazing to realise how little I knew about Teaism and East Asian culture. Great introduction to Zen philosophy and Teaism. I will definitely read more about these subjects. I like the way the book is divided into chapters that give overview of the basic elements that constitute the eastern philosophy. The author is very well versed with the western way of living and thinking and therefore makes comparison between eastern and western philosophy at every step to indicate how and where they are different from one other. The only downside I thought was that, although the author talks about eastern philosophy and related values such as tolerance and not getting caught up in materialistic elements of life, the author is (overly) critical about the western philosophy without considering the context of the issue under consideration.
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