On July 16, the 33rd session of Xishan Book Club of Confucius Academy was held at the rituals classroom of the Six Arts School. Jin Fei, a famous writer, scholar, dramatist and researcher of Japanese culture, shared with book lovers the evolution and development of the zen-tea culture through his book Taste Zen in Tea – Japanese Tea Ceremony. The lecture focused on the impact of Chinese Southern Song Dynasty Culture and Chinese Zen Culture on Japanese culture.
In Jin Fei’s view, although the tea ceremony originated from the core ideas of Confucianism such as “Benevolence (rén仁), righteousness (yì义), propriety (lǐ礼), wisdom (zhì智) and fidelity (xìn信)” and is mixed with the “quiet and inaction” (清净无为) of Taoism, the Japanese injected Zen thoughts into the “Chinese tea ceremony” and thus cultivated the Japanese tea ceremony with its own unique style.
“As the greatest master of the Japanese tea ceremony, Sen no Rikyū and his thoughts on tea ceremony had a far-reaching impact on the development of the Japanese tea ceremony. In the Edo period, with the inheritance and development of Sen no Rikyū’s disciples and descendants, the Japanese tea ceremony stepped into its glory days.” Jin Fei noted that, at that time, the Japanese tea ceremony became a high-level cultural activity characterized by both complicated forms of expression and brilliant thoughts.
“Nowadays, the Japanese tea ceremony has kept changing all along. Although the details of tea-making techniques and spiritual pursuits of various schools are different from one another, the main spiritual pursuit is the same,” said Jin Fei.
As vice chairman of the Japan-Guizhou Friendship Association, Jin Fei talked of the Japanese culture of tea ceremony, the global impact of Chinese tea, and also recommended the “clean Guizhou tea”.