"Tea ceremony" is not the best translation of chado, which literally means "tea way" ("cha" means "tea"; "do" means "way"). Chado, also called cha no yu ("tea hot water") isn't a ceremony involving tea. It is just tea; just this moment, fully experienced and appreciated. Through meticulous attention to every detail of preparing and drinking tea, the participants enter into a shared, intimate experience of tea.
I cannot even begin to tell you what a nice tea bowl I have to drink from right now! Drinking from one of Hollis' cups is a whole experience in itself. I just wish everyone could understand the experience of drinking from one of these instead of buying a $4 mug at Walmart. How can we get everyone to understand this! and then pick up one of Michael Kline's little plates to go with it, heaven!! Wesley is sitting here playing her violin, Gerry is raking leaves, and I'm heading to my wheel to save a platter! Happy Sunday everyone :)