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Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, Richard M. Jaffe, Jeff Wilson, and Tomoe Moriya

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520269170

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520269170.001.0001

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Tea-Room Meditations

Tea-Room Meditations

Chapter:
(p.126) 15 Tea-Room Meditations
Source:
Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume III
Author(s):
Jeff Wilson, Tomoe Moriya, Richard M. Jaffe
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520269170.003.0015

This chapter contains an essay by D. T. Suzuki, published in the journal Cultural East in 1946. Suzuki first talks about the tea room, which he says is symbolic of certain aspects of Eastern culture, especially of Japanese culture. According to Suzuki, the tea room is a kind of social institution, meant for the cultural few who can appreciate art and learning. He then describes what might be called the four aesthetic and spiritual principles of the tea cult that are assembled to make a syncretic blend of Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism in a form of art: harmony, respect, purity, and tranquillity. Suzuki also discusses the notion of No-tea articulated by Seisetsu, a Zen master of the eighteenth century, as well as his desire to reach the spirit of the tea cult by way of negation. Suzuki concludes by emphasizing the link between the tea cult and Zen.

Keywords:   tea room, D. T. Suzuki, Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, harmony, respect, purity, tranquillity, Zen

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