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Autumn Tea Gathering at The Place 229

Event Date: 10/23/2022

Autumn has begun. It’s the season when the wind in New York is refreshing. On one of these days, at a fashionable corner townhouse in the 49th block of the East Side, we will hold a tea gathering which has its’ origins in Japan.

Chanoyu is a comprehensive art that originated in China but was nurtured and refined in Japan. The beginning of Chanoyu was cultivated from Zen Buddhism training. The monks in training would continue to refine their souls by learning the Zen teachings called “koan” through questions and answers between the monks and their masters.

Even until today, the words from Zen teachings have been used in the hanging scrolls which are considered the most important utensil in the tea room.

On the day of the event, the calligraphy of “Every Day is a Good Day” (many people may know that it is from a Koan in the 6th rule of Hekiganroku) will be hanging in the tea room. We would appreciate it if you would let me know your thoughts about the tea ceremony.

At a tea party, we make tea at a table and then enjoy the tea while sitting on a chair. Please relax and enjoy yourself. However, since this is a Tea Ceremony, in other words it is more formal, so we would like to explain a little about the procedures for drinking the tea.

We are looking forward to meeting you.

Autumn Tea Gathering “Every Day is a Good Day”
Date: Sunday, October 23rd, 2022
Time: First Seating for 10 people starts at 1:30 pm
  Second Seating for 10 people starts at 2:30 pm
Location: The Place 229 (229 East 49th St., NYC, NY 10022 (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves)
Participation Fee: $30.00 per person

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