Monday, October 10, 2011

WuWo Tea Ceremony

October is the celebration of Tea at the Lan Su Chinese Gardens in Portland, Oregon.
I have shared the gardens with you many times and I have shared the WuWo Tea Ceremony too.
This is the first time they have come together in this beautiful time of celebration.
Several of us met at the gardens on Saturday.
It was a perfect Autumn day.  We shared tea with those that observed and
one of the women in our group shared with the visitors the ceremony as the rest of us
demonstrated.  It was so fun to share tea with those visiting the gardens.
On the tray were the 5 teas we were brewing, each of us a different one.
The larger pots were tea shared with those around us.

Wuwo is done in silence.
A shared time of selflessness.
Three steeps of each small teapot,
then shared with the three to your left.
It is an outdoor tea ceremony.
At the end of the time of tea,
often a poem or reading takes place.


The reading for Saturday was:

An ideal place for tea drinking is amongst simple furniture and diffused lights
with soft music to enhance it.  What is most important is that everyone must feel at ease and
comfortable, being in the mood to savor the original and natural flavor of the tea.
~Ling Ping Xiang

12 comments:

somepinkflowers said...

oh

my


i wish
i could have gone
to this,
fortunate you!

:-)


{{ i shall put
it
on
My List,
missy! }}

Steph said...

Such a lovely, warm and sunny day! I was so glad to share it with you.

koralee said...

Wow...what fun...wish I was there. Hugs for a great new week my friend.

krys kirkpatrick said...

I don't have a ceremony going on...but I am drinking my, "Calm" tea right now. I gave up coffee...so herbal tea is my new agenda...

Jeanie said...

This is beautiful -- I would think this would be so meditative and simply a beautiful way of sharing. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Annie said...

Ahh, I see you. How lovely to see you in your circle of tea, women, and friendship.

Mary said...

What an amazing day for the ceremony - I know everyone had a wonderful, and interesting, tea time.

Hugs - Mary

Darlene - The Tea Enthusiast's Scrapbook said...

Hi Marilyn,

What a wonderful event! It's nice to see my friend Janis! Send her my love!

This is the first time I have heard of the WuWo Tea Ceremony. You learn something new everyday!
I like the fact it's done in silence.

Thanks for sharing!

Blessings, Darlene

parTea lady said...

What a lovely afternoon WuWo Tea Ceremony. I enjoyed seeing your photos. The tea all sounds great, especially Oriental Beauty.

Angela McRae said...

Hey, I spy TWO of my tea friends there! Fun!

d smith kaich jones said...

just reading this was calming. i felt my heart beat slow despite the leaf blowers outside on this sunday morning which should be silent. gorgeous! and thank you!

Rosemary said...

Looking forward to participating in my first Wu-Wo Ceremony under your tutelage, Marilyn! After studying these photos, I think I have everything necessary! See you soon!