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Exploring ceremonies & rituals in various cultures; as well as finding one's own "Zen"- including the use of tea.

The basic idea of Zen is to get in touch with the inner workings of the self in the most direct way. Zen does not worship any images, not even the Buddha. Followers are not taught to meditate and concentrate on any one thing. Thoughts should be fixed on nothing. Zen aims to achieve an inner spiritual experience and believes in the inner purity of man. It finds “an inexpressibly deep thought even in holding up a finger, or in saying a ‘good morning’ to a friend casually met on the street.” This concept informs the Japanese tea ceremony. Every movement and every object is treated with the utmost importance.

Zen and the Art of Tea
-Alyssa Penrod