Events · 05 January 2019
Dear all Chanoyu is about awakening our hearts to the deeper themes of our lives. Let's. The morning of the 5th of February is the Lunar New Year for 2019. Candlelight turns to sunlight. As the sun rises, we will prepare tea, alone, each to ourselves in our private abode. But we will be together in spirit. I openly invite all people to prepare a personal bowl of tea at dawn for the Lunar New Year - 'one dawn, together'. Tea can be matcha, bowl tea oolong, jakseol green, yerba matê, whatever...

Keiko · 01 January 2019
Dear all, chajin and cha lovers, Happy New Year Tea-Party-People! I'm cherishing the year that was 2018 and wishing you all health, dance, prosperity, beauty and soul for 2019. On New Year's Eve and then New Year's morning I usually rock the daisu with a yin, then yang ritual. This year, however, I've been under the pump in the Chrissie-NY period with a translation job which has taken priority over my usual New Year's tea ritual. I decided to bust out the cha New Year's morning in the following...

Keiko · 17 December 2018
At Adamu Shachū, we decide goals for each year to work towards as a group. Some of the keiko goals this year included: Use feathers and cloth instead of tissues - absolute ban on tissues in our chanoyu No plastic used in the mizuya All peeps practicing koicha or further establish, and maintain, a sic mizuya During the year, our own Mizuyathustra rose from the bamboo lattice sink (sunoko) to decree these 10 Tenents of the Mizuya. After the sermon he was heard saying "Now, get amongst it!" - Adam

Site Updates · 13 December 2018
The chabana (flowers for tea) page of our website seems to be pretty popular. It comes under the 'Practical Wisdom' tab of the site, which has been a little neglected over the last few months. Today I've given the Practical Wisdom page a spruce-up by adding images and a more intuitive menu. There's heaps of info in there for novices and masters alike. Please take a look when you get a sec, and feel free to let me know what you think about the content....

Site Updates · 08 December 2018
Adamu Shachū has a solid programme of events each year. I've decided to establish an 'Events' page to give insight into our practice, share our learning and inspire the pursuit of chanoyu as a global practice for peace and emancipation of spirit. Some of the events have a blog entry with more details in writing. Please follow the links if you're interested, and don't be shy to engage by leaving a comment here and there. - Adam, Paris Click here to view the new Events page

Chanoyu Translation  · 30 November 2018
It feels great to finalise and post the next 10 lines of Oribe's 100 Lines of Chanoyu after some busy weeks away from the keyboard in Australia. Here are some lines that I would like to discuss a little further. This is a small serve for this blog. For the full lowdown, please visit my Patreon. 76. 同客あるきやう、いつかたニ而いろり畳よけ申候、いつかたにても。 In a 4.5 mat room, guests should always avoid walking on the mat where the hearth is cut. This is an...

Events · 19 November 2018
On Monday 19 November 2018, I hosted a chaji to mark the completion of my “karamono” qualification and to thank Adam-sensei for his guidance towards this level of qualification. It was my first chaji as a solo host and also the first “official” chaji held at my teahouse at home. Since the completion of the interior of the teahouse - the garden is still a work in progress - in late February, I have been thinking about how I should conduct tea gatherings there that embody my training in...

Events · 21 October 2018
Adamu Shachū's inaugural Australian Tea Retreat was conducted from the 17th to 21st October, 2018, on the country of the Cadigal people of the Eora nation. Our practice of silence and attention honours the Aboriginal people of the land, who for millennia have cared for country and sustained a ceremonial practice that enacts the interdependence of all beings, past, present and future.

Podcast · 15 October 2018
Host – Adam Guests – Tyas Sōsen – Marc-Antoine Poem L’homme fut sûrement le vœu le plus fou des ténèbres; c’est pourquoi nous sommes ténébreux, envieux et fous sous le puissant soleil. – René Char Man was surely the maddest vow of the shadows; that’s why we are shadowy, envious and mad under the powerful sun. Listen / download episode: https://tealife.audio/tealife-audio-episode-94-enshu-ryu/ Information Referenced 村雨 ‘Murasame’ chawan by Honami Kōetsu...

Chanoyu Translation  · 10 October 2018
For the translation files and complete content, see: https://www.patreon.com/join/adamsomu This month's section of Oribe's 100 Lines of Chanoyu deals mainly with using a chaire on a display tray, commonly called a 'shihōbon' (square tray) by tea practitioners. Using a shihōbon for a chaire in contemporary practice represents a fairly advanced level of practice. Oribe seemed to really enjoy using the shiōbon. He liked to pair a large shihōbon with a small-ish chaire - the aesthetic of...

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