May 7, 2015

The Spirit of Zen and Tea (at So. Plainfield Library)

On Tuesday April 28th, the South Plainfield Public Library was transformed into a tranquil setting and the backdrop for a traditional Korean Zen Buddhist tea ceremony.  Ven. Myong Ahn Sunim spoke on the history of tea and how it is cultivated and has evolved over centuries in the Korean culture.  He also performed a traditional tea ceremony to demonstrate how the simple act of mindfulness can transform each and every moment and action in an ordinary day into something extraordinary and bursting with life.  Participants were able to sample tea from the beautiful JeJu Island in South Korea and were invited to participate in a tea workshop at So Shim Sa to deepen their experience.