Chado: The Way of Tea, with Andrew Hobai Pekarik

Northeast USA  

September 14, 2013
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Zen Center of New York City

The Japanese tea ceremony is a unique form of Zen art, merging the sophisticated aesthetic of the Zen arts and careful attention to detail with the ordinary act of making a cup of tea. Tea ceremony was developed in close association with Zen, and emphasizes awareness, tranquility, and the interrelationship of host and guest. For those who are new to meditation practice, tea ceremony can be a path to entering the larger universe of Zen and its arts. For those who practice zazen, tea ceremony offers an incisive opportunity for expressing the mind of Zen in everyday activity.

This day-long retreat will be a comprehensive introduction to tea ceremony, including demonstrations, participation, tea drinking, and discussion. At the heart of it will be the appreciation of the uniqueness of this very moment and the joy of sharing that with others. Hobai is a gifted storyteller and is adept at infusing his teaching of tea with stories of the great tea masters of the past, as well as his own experiences as a student of tea. His love of tea ceremony is infectious and is an important aspect of what he has to offer.

This program is for anyone interested in the Zen arts, in Japanese culture, in a practice to help focus and concentrate the mind, or in the taste of tea. No prior knowledge of tea ceremony is required, and those who are already familiar with tea ceremony are welcome to expand and deepen their understanding in this program.

About the Instructor: Andrew Hobai Pekarik has been a student of tea ceremony in the Urasenke tradition for over 25 years, and a Zen student for 18 years. He constructed his own teahouse and has been involved with Japanese art and literature as a scholar, curator, and author.

Cost: $75 (MRO Students: $65)

For more information, or to register:
Chado: The Way of Tea, with Hobai Pekarik
Zen Center of New York City
500 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 875-8229 • •