Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony in Huayan Monastery
07-24-2018    FJNET
<P align=center><SPAN lang=EN-US><BR><SPAN lang=EN-US>Sitting in a circle, people make tea with tea sets and tea leaves which prepared by themselves<BR></SPAN><SPAN lang=EN-US><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p><BR></o:p></SPAN><SPAN lang=EN-US>Presenting the tea, and treat others as equals</SPAN><SPAN lang=EN-US><o:p><BR><BR></o:p></SPAN><SPAN lang=EN-US>People sip and taste tea, experiencing the identical implication of Zen and tea</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>FJNET, August 23, 2006</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>At the Meditation Yard, under the guidance of Ven. Mingzang of Chongqing Huayan Monastery, campers of "Spirit Tour Summer Camp" performed Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony is a style of Tea Ceremony. Wu-Wo encourages participants to forget about knowledge, wealth, and appearance to establish a group of equality without prejudice. This concept of "Wu-Wo" is shown in the "Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony".</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"Wu" and "Wo" are actually Chinese words with philosophical meaning. The word "Wu" means a void or absolute emptiness as far as the mind or senses can determine; it is therefore like an infinite space. The word "Wo" means mine, self or being. When joined, these words almost seem like a contradiction in terms: the word, "Wo", seems like being and the word, "Wu", seems like not being. The typical interpretation of "Wu-Wo", however, means to empty the mind like an endless void anything to sense; it is just "being", with no physical or mental attachments.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Campers said, this ceremony eliminated all discrimination and conflicts, instead, only devotion without expectation of reward. Smelling the flat aroma of tea, they felt the genial interrelationship after breaking down barriers. They sincerely talked about their reflection about life, and the true meaning of "anatta", means no-self, and it is one of the most important philosophical concepts in Buddhism.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Seven Essence of the Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony</SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>1. No discrimination of rank</SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>2. No expectation of reward</SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>3. No judgment of likes or dislikes</SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>4. No discrimination sect and region</SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>5. Making tea as perfect as possible</SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>6. Observing the regulations</SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>7. Cultivating the perfect cooperation</SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>[Translator: Wang Xinyu]</SPAN></SPAN></P>
Translator: Wang Xinyu
   
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