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The Way of Tea draws upon the wisdom of ancient writings to explain how modern tea lovers can bring peace and serenity to their time with a steaming mug of their favorite beverage—and how to carry that serenity with them throughout the day.

Looking at all aspects of tea and the tea ceremony from a spiritual perspective, The Way of Tea shows readers how in the modern world t
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 10th 2010 by Tuttle Publishing
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Bill M
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I would have liked to give this book a '3' but just couldn't. Overall, the content was interesting, although I found the writing style a bit tedious. I wish the author and editor had worked together to reduce repetition. More importantly, I wish the proofreader had actually performed the job. There were so many typographical errors, including a number of word omissions, that my train of thought was constantly distracted. The errors surprised me given the book came from a publisher of Tuttle's re ...more
Andjelka Jankovic
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book I never wanted to end, and one I will read again and again for the rest of my life. The Way of Tea is written by Wu De — a Zen monk, tea scholar, poet, artist and a teacher of mine. It truly is a wonderous book of reflections and musings that keep on giving long after you have read them — on life, love, stillness, discipline, compassion, virtue, and inner peace. I myself have found my way to a life of tea and it will be a life long practice that I hold in high regard and with such rever ...more
Hannah Che
Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking
Good but a tad repetitive. Loved the concepts, though. I borrowed this from a Taiwanese friend, and it's fascinating to see the history and zen culture of tea from both a Japanese and Chinese (and Westerner's) perspective. Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, qi and dao and traditions explained. Fisher's take feels reverent and authoritative, steeped in personal experience. ...more
Ghia Arroyo
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am fond of this book. I already subscribe to Aaron’s magazine subscription (Global Tea Hut) so I was excited to see what his books would bring. This book has helped me to further my practice and also given me some insight on the spiritual factors that come with a life of tea. Finished this book feeling warm and excited to take the next steps of tea practice.
Pamela Hamon
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tea, esoteric
While this book includes a small portion on tea factoids and history, the real focus of this book is introducing the reader to tea as a mindfulness practice and tea's role in traditional mindfulness and spiritual practices of China and Japan, especially Taoism. The author is the founder of Global Tea Hut, an organization based in Taiwan fostering the greater understanding and practice of The Way of Tea to a worldwide audience. The pacing of the book and language chosen is approachable and makes ...more
Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I want to rate this 3.5 stars. There was a lot here I appreciated, particularly around the Tao and applying mindfulness to tea preparation. I did feel the book was hard to read. I felt it stayed at this repetitive lofty place and never delved into specifics. I felt I could have used more concrete descriptions from the writer about his journey because when he went to that place (an anecdote about a tea ceremony with his family, for example), the book came to life. Nonetheless, it's inspired me to ...more
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
An interesting and inspiring look at the history and culture of tea. It encouraged me to try some different kinds of tea and expand my experience.

The version of the book that I had needed some more editing. The numerous mistakes distracted me from the message of the book quite a few times. I would buy it if there was a new, fixed version.
Adam Yusko
Jul 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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If you are at all interested into how Daoism and tea are intricately linked this is an amazing book. But like a lot of things relating to the Tao this book is basically a bunch of arrows trying to hint at the way, because it is impossible to actually describe the way. It also gives a wonderfully indepth look at important tea figures through history and how tea developed in China and Japan.
R.K. Goff
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
I got this book from the library, so I had to read it much faster than I would have liked. It is a well written and peaceful book. It's a mix of personal essay, philosophy, Toaism, history, images, and near poetry. The author is very intense about tea. It's amazingly fun to read. I am a tea-nut, so I don't know if non-tea types will love it as much as I did, but I think it's worth a try.

Jill Clarke
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Adored this book. The love the author has for his subject and the wonderful quotes and stories make this a delight to read. Very inspiring and joyful
Christopher Kincaid
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This peaceful read links mindfulness with the enjoyment of tea. I've returned to this book several times to remind me why I enjoy tea. ...more
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