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We have expanded our calligraphy openings and space is now available for new students. Classes now meet on two Mondays per month, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Please join us for a meditative break from the everyday hustle and bustle.
Upcoming sessions: May 29, June 12, June 26
One class per month (June 12) includes tea session with seasonal sweet.
The 4th Ocha Zanmai: 2017
San Francisco International Conference on Chanoyu and Tea Culture
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Conference 会議: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Reception 懇親会: 5:30-7:15 p.m.
San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132
Theme: Chanoyu and Zen 「茶の湯と禅」
GUEST SPEAKERS 特別講師
Dr. Isao KUMAKURA, President, Japanese Society for Studies of CHANOYU
Rev. Geppo KOBORI, Ryoukoin, Daitokuji, Kyoto, Japan
Dr. Katsuhiro YOSHIZAWA, Professor Emeritus & Senior Adviser, International Research Institute for Zen Buddhism, Hanazono University
Zazen and Abbot's Talk 座禅と和尚様のご講話
We will start with morning zazen sessions led by Abbot Kobori from Ryoukoin, Daitokuji Temple from Kyoto. You may meditate seated comfortably in a chair or bring a cushion to sit cross-legged on the stage of the auditorium. The zazen will be followed by the abbot's talk.
Two Special Lectures and Three Presentations 特別講演と研究発表
Dr. Katsuhiro Yoshizawa's Special Lecture
"Pleasure and Appreciation: Inscribed Paintings as Tea Scrolls"
Dr. Isao Kumakura's Keynote Lecture, "Chanoyu and Zen"
Dr. Janet Ikeda, Washington & Lee University
"One brushstroke: Sen Sotan and Zen"
Ms. Lixia Dong, University of Arizona
"Chan, Poem and the Way of Tea: A Study of Jiaoran's Tea Poems"
Ms. Sara Klingenstein, Harvard University
"As though parting from a loved one: practicing the sense of loss"
ワシントン・アンド・リー大学 リー・ジャネット博士 「一筆もなし：宗旦と禅」
ハーバード大学 クリンゲンスティン・サラ氏 「恋しき人にわかるると知れ」
Ryurei Temae and Tea Service 立礼点前とお呈茶
During the lunch recess, the members of Kanshinkai from Ryoukoin, Daitokuji, will demonstrate the ryurei-style thin tea (usucha) preparation. Japanese sweets "Saiko" from Wakuden in Kyoto and tea "Daitsu-an" from Ryoukoin's tea jar will be served to all conference attendees, free of charge.
This promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime special tea. Don't miss it!
Early-bird Economy Registration Deadline: 02/28/2017
The Program and the Registration Form available for download on the website.
Due to limited space, the December calligraphy and tea session is now full. Thanks to those who signed up and our apologies to those we were not able to accommodate for this class. We are working on adding more classes in the New Year and will post updates here as they are available.
SaBi Tea Arts now offers a monthly calligraphy class followed by matcha in the tea room. Certified calligraphy instructor Kazuko Ikegawa will provide tips and critiques during the on-site sessions as well as providing sample texts on seasonal subjects for self-study between sessions. Students are free to choose their preferred style and level of study, using the provided texts or bringing examples of their own selection for personalized feedback from the instructor.
No prior experience is necessary -- all levels are welcome!
After this focused calligraphy practice, participants will be served matcha and a seasonal sweet in the tea room.
Monday, November 7, 2–4pm
Monday, December 12, 2–4 pm
We hope you can join us for this meditative break from the everyday.
Fee: $25 per session (incl. GST). Advance registration is required.
Friday October 21, 4pm-8pm
Saturday October 22, 10am-6pm
Two days only!
Join us for the opening reception of a special two-day show and sale of clothing designs by Fumie Von Dehn using vintage kimono silks.
Fumie's designs highlight the craftsmanship of the original kimono garments from which they are carefully selected and are inspired by respect for the material and a keen eye for quality. Many of the base fabrics are handcrafted in traditional weaving and dyeing techniques that are quickly disappearing.
These one-of-a-kind designs, including evening wear, casual wear, scarves, and accessories all made from vintage kimono fabric, will be on sale at SaBi Tea Arts on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22.
SaBi Tea Arts is managed by Maiko Behr, a translator specializing in Japanese arts and certified instructor of Chanoyu (Japanese tea ceremony) in the Omotesenke tradition.