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The ‘Mindful’ Art of Tea Drinking: Talk & Tasting

Wed 17 July 2019, 2.30pmWed 4 September 2019, 4.00pm

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The ‘Mindful’ Art of Tea Drinking: Talk & Tasting

A special chance to try some beautiful handmade teas, as Bruce Ginsberg, founder of Dragonfly Tea and expert on this magical leaf, reveals the philosophy of ancient tea culture and its relevance to painters, poets, musicians and garden makers.

East Asian-scholar Bruce Ginsberg began his Zen training in the monastery Daitokuji, where the tea ceremony originated 500 years ago. Chaired by his daughter and Dragonfly director, Georgia Ginsberg, he will guide us through the fascinating world of tea and mindfulness. Tea drinking as an elite ‘awareness’ experience was spread across China by Buddhist monasteries and taken up by painters and poets, and later its use spread to Japan and its intellectual and warrior classes. By the eighteenth century, Georgian Britain had adopted the elegant Chinese social ritual and it was here to stay.

£20 per person. Please note you will also need a valid Membership, Annual Pass or Day Ticket.

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