Chado means the Way of Tea, and is one of the most time honored Japanese traditional arts. It encompasses all different art forms, aesthetics, philosophies and religions. The four spirits of tea, "harmony, respect, purity and tranquility," codified by Sen Rikyu, the greatest tea master almost four hundred years ago, signify the highest ideals of the Way of Tea. The basis of the Way of Tea involves the act of serving and receiving a bowl of tea with utmost sincerity, appreciation and attentiveness while bearing a single-mindedness and keen awareness of the concept of "ichigo, ichie" (one life, one opportunity). The Way of Tea takes ordinary, everyday activities such as arranging, cleaning, serving, and drinking, and elevates them through aesthetic ritualization into a high art form, which fosters spiritual enrichment and leads to a foundation for a way of life. I hope all of the participants in the Way of Tea acknowledge its core spirits and gain a seed of peace through their experience to be able to contribute to building a better, more peaceful world.
~ Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time
Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973)