Fall Beginner Class
Basics of Omotesenke Chanoyu
in five sessions
Wednesdays: September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18
Fee $125+GST/ 5 classes, no drop-ins
Limited to 6 students. Minimum 3 or class will be cancelled.
This class will be conducted in English and is appropriate for beginning students interested in the history and cultural context of tea in Japan who want to acquire a basic understanding of matcha tea preparation.
Students will learn fundamentals of the Way of Tea in the Omotesenke style, including proper etiquette for guests, how to move around in the tea room, basic Japanese phrases for serving and receiving tea, and how to handle utensils when preparing tea. No prior knowledge of tea ceremony or Japanese language is required.
Each session will include a lecture-style component as well as hands-on participation in a tea ceremony with matcha tea and Japanese sweets. Sessions are held in a traditional tatami room.
Instructor: Maiko Behr, certified Omotesenke regional instructor (表千家地方講師)
To register: email firstname.lastname@example.org
or register online here: REGISTRATION
Classes now meet on two Mondays per month, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. New students are always welcome. Please join us for a meditative break from the everyday hustle and bustle. For details, see: Calligraphy
August 14 (calligraphy and tea)
September 11 (with tea), 25 (calligraphy only)
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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 is managed by Maiko Behr, a translator specializing in Japanese arts and certified instructor of Chanoyu (Japanese tea ceremony) in the Omotesenke tradition.