SHOTOKU-AN in Kyoto is a place for the practice and study of Chado, according to the Urasenke School of Tea. Here people gather for classes; and in direct contrast to a world ruled by the principles of profit, gain, speed, and busy-ness, Me-Me-Me is replaced by the ancient principles of Harmony, Respect, Purity, and Tranquility. In the Way of Tea, we enter into an atmosphere of direct naked ordinary mind, and we find fulfillment for our deep human longing of maybe doing something nice for others. Just that! Only that! Placing others before oneself. This is called finding freedom in the simple act of preparing a delicious and beautiful Bowl of Tea for our guest.
"Harmony in the kingdom is of the utmost precious-ness."
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