A Mouthful of Tea Manages Your Mind
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A Mouthful of Tea Manages Your Mind
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Most people say that they haven’t learned and experienced a tea ceremony. However, if someone asks them “Have you ever made some tea with your bottle or tumbler?” they will answer “Of course, I often drink some tea instead of water.” Nowadays, people enjoy tea in just a simple way for their conveniences, without the tea ceremony. Let’s feel the experience of tea in a tea ceremony!

1. What Is “Real” Tea and its Ceremony?
In modern times, many people enjoy tea, and new kinds of tea emerge as time passes. There are hundreds of thousands of teas. First, the tea that we called “real” tea is made with some leaves of trees or a little shoot. Second, having a tea ceremony means the whole action from picking the leaves and shoots to easing our minds after drinking tea. Drinking tea in the tea ceremony is different from the tea drank in day-to-day life. Third, the manner of tea, called darye, is the set of precautions for when people drink tea and do the tea ceremony. Lastly, after the three components above are combined in a tea ceremony, people can enjoy good tea culture.
2. What Instruments Are Used?
- Dagwan: tea pot
- Tea cup
- Sukwoo: bowl which makes the hot water cool before being moved to the dagwan
- Chassang & Daban: small tables to put the instruments of the tea ceremony on
- Chasi: small spoon with whichthe leaves of tea are moved into the dagwan
- Chatak: saucer of the tea cup 

3. What Should We Do in a Tea Ceremony?

- First, prepare the instruments of tea.
- Before brewing tea, preheat the instruments of tea with hot water.
- With the leaves of tea in a tea pot, put in the hot water (about 70 degrees Celsius).
- After brewing the leaves for two or three minutes, pour tea into the bowl called a sukwoo.
-After sharing with the sukwoo, drink and enjoy the taste of tea.

- During the tea ceremony, you should do this. Through this, you can teach the etiquette to other people and manners to old people. Moreover, through the ceremony, you can know the real taste of tea and manage your mind. As drinking tea gives you composure, you also get rid of anxieties in your life. As you already know the real way to drink tea, you can enjoy the tea while reminding yourself about the tea ceremony even without doing it in your busy life.

- You should stand correctly, putting your legs and heels together.
- You should move carefully and quietly.
- Your hands should move together. Move the instruments with both hands politely.
- Be quiet. Don’t open your mouth unnecessarily.
- During the tea time, you should talk gently and with a calm voice.


4. Tips in summer
- Among the variety of teas, there are some which have good effects in summer.
* Omija tea: The berry of Omija has five tastes: salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and hot. In summer, the omija especially have Vitamin C that makes you fresh and healthy. After making the concentrate of omija, dilute it with water and ice.
* Kudzu tea: As the light of the sun becomes harder, people usually sweat profusely. The Kudzu has a function of quenching thirst and decreasing the temperature of the body. However, drinking the Kudzu tea with ice is better.

5. Where Can We Practice the Tea Ceremony?
- In Korea, there are many temples which run the Temple Stay experience. As the tea ceremony is deep related to it in manners, you can also drink the tea by picking tea leaves first. You can find and choose the temple where you stay through the Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism (02-2031-2000).
- In Jeonju, you can experience the tea ceremony in the Hanok Village. There are lots of traditional teahouses. If you pay around 5000 won, the host of the teahouse provides the tea that you want and all the instruments for brewing the tea. Yedawon, Chamdawon, and Dahwawon are examples of traditional teahouses in the Jeonju Hanok Village.
- If you want to know everything about tea, you can get a good chance in Seoul every year. Generally, the Tea World Festival has been held at COEX in Seoul every June since 2003. Starting on June 11th, the festival of 2015 lasted four days. The entrance fee was 3000 won and participants could see tea cups and tea sets.
During the practicing of the tea ceremony, you can learn about tasting various teas and relieve your anxieties and pressures of social life by managing the mind in the tea ceremony. Practicing the ceremony of tea makes your mind calm, and it can become a good foothold for a more active life!


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