道茶 Taoist Tea
From a historical point of view, the relationship between Taoism and tea culture is the least talked about, but it is the most remote and profound. Taoist View of nature has always been the source of Chinese spiritual life and concept. The so-called “nature” in Taoism refers to self nature, and Tao is self so and naturally. Tao is everywhere, and tea ceremony is only a part of “natural” Avenue. The natural character of tea determines that people must infuse the whole process of tea discovery, utilization and enjoyment with the above ideas.
Han and Tang Dynasties is an era full of fanatical pursuit of immortality. It is conceivable that the activities of tea people and the rise of tea culture are under this trend. Happy immortals become the ideal image, and fairyland are the dream paradise. No wonder many scholars say that the conception of Taoism fully reflects the realistic character of the Chinese nation. Because this ideal does not seek the misty afterlife, nor repose in the misty past, but through their own efforts to cultivate, save the body, change into an immortal. Through the continuation of this world, to achieve an eternal existence is not only the spiritual yearning, but also the practice. From this point of view, it is no surprise that tea has become a panacea for immortality. It is at this point that tea culture has a primitive combination with Taoism.
Taoism pursues the world of immortals with a quiet and natural attitude, and tea can make people light and become immortals. Therefore, most Taoist temples produce and use their own “Taoist tea” and realize the natural thought of doing things by themselves. This kind of original and innovative tea ceremony thought has an indelible contribution to the tea culture.
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