The Heart of the Tea Ceremony is About Aesthetics,
Predefined Movements and Appreciation of
the Four Basic Elements of the Tea Ceremony:
Harmony, Respect, Purity, & Tranquility.
“Many paths lead up the mountain, but at the top we all look at the same bright moon” – Ikkyu
The earliest rituals involving tea came to Japan as a part of Buddhist meditation in the 6th century. Later, in the Kamakura Period (1185-1333), a Japanese priest named Eisai introduced tea seeds which became the source of much of the tea grown in Japan today. A century later the priest Eizon and the monk Ikkyu further promoted the tea ceremony.