Tea Art Improves One’s Character

Regarded for thousands of years in the East as a key to good health, happiness, and wisdom. (Image:  rumpleteaser via  flickr  /  CC BY 2.0 )
Regarded for thousands of years in the East as a key to good health, happiness, and wisdom. (Image: rumpleteaser via flickr / CC BY 2.0 )

Ancient Chinese ceremony changes people’s lives

With enrolments in etiquette schools booming around the world, an alternative method for teaching etiquette is growing in Taiwan. Students there learn etiquette via tea art. The tea ceremony uplifts the process of tasting tea from a material level to a spiritual level. Experience has shown that learning the tea ceremony can change a student’s temperament, and can also positively affect their family’s well-being.

Re-establishing the area’s culture

Taiwan’s Taoyuan County was an early tea exporting area. In fact, most of its citizens have been making tea for generations; however, due to the industrial transformation, the tea culture in the area gradually declined. In an effort to reinvigorate the area’s culture, tea lovers founded the Taoyuan County Tea Research Institute. One such tea lover, Huang Zhiwei, who works in education, used his expertise to combine tea art with teaching etiquette. Through his method of “learning tea art happily and learning etiquette easily,” he started a trend in bringing tea art to educational settings.

A tea ceremony emphasizes the form, while tea art is more about the spiritual connotation. (Image: David Boté Estrada via flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

A tea ceremony emphasizes the form, while tea art is more about the spiritual connotation. (Image: David Boté Estrada via flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Huang said that a lot of people were confused by the difference between the tea ceremony and tea art. A tea ceremony emphasizes the form, while tea art is more about the spiritual connotation. It is a spiritual facet of art and a means of cultivating one’s morality and raising one’s temperament. Tea had been a part of Chinese traditional culture since ancient times, but today’s young generation has gradually forgotten how to taste tea.

Promoting tea culture and getting tea art into young people’s lives is the mission

Huang said that the teaching of tea art has had the consistent and significant effect of internalizing one’s temperament and changing one’s character. (Image: David Boté Estrada via flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Huang said that the teaching of tea art has had the consistent and significant effect of internalizing one’s temperament and changing one’s character. (Image: David Boté Estrada
via flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Huang said that the teaching of tea art has had the consistent and significant effect of internalizing one’s temperament and changing one’s character. The teaching of tea art in Taoyuan has a history of more than 10 years. It is taught in elementary school, junior high school, senior high school, and even within government offices, and it has gained affirmation from all walks of life. Fan Shu Vocational School has listed tea art courses as compulsory for their students.

An early tea art class student, Yunzao Ye, said:

Yunzao works in the computer science industry. The mental and physical pressures are formidable, and making tea is the best way for him to reduce the pressure.

While high school students’ minds are typically impatient, the tea courses can make the students more stable, confident and disciplined through tranquilizing one’s heart, meditation and etiquette. (Image: David Boté Estrada via flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

While high school students’ minds are typically impatient, the tea courses can make the students more stable, confident, and disciplined through tranquilizing their hearts, meditation, and etiquette. (Image: David Boté Estrada via flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Tea art changes hearts

Dingshen Huang, who was an earlier advocate of the tea art course in Fan Shu Vocational School, noted that while high school students’ minds are typically impatient, the tea courses can make the students more stable, confident, and disciplined through tranquilizing their hearts, meditation, and etiquette. It has been confirmed that the tea courses can change the thoughts of the students and enhance their academic performance. Dingshen remarked vividly:

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