How Zen Tea came to be.
When I think about my life, zen and tea were a very important part of my life’s. It seems my life and tea has one destiny.
I worked in a conglomerate in Seoul but couldn’t find any meaning with my job regardless of good pay. I looked for somet meaningful work and needed to make a change. I started work in a Buddhist organization. Most Korean buddhist temples are located below the mountain, so I had a chance to stay at temples and enjoy the mountains. Usually buddhist monks enjoy green tea to purify their body and soul and to better concentrate on meditation. Generally Korean monks make several pots of green tea and chat with lay buddhists with a cup of tea. It was always a peaceful and pleasant time chatting with the monksandvisitors over a pot of tea. The tea-making ritual which conducted by a monk and was always amazing. The sound of the tea water pouring from the teapot, the smell of fresh vegetal green tea, the sight of the subtle green colorof the tea in the natural white teapot, and the taste of this refreshing green tea...... All these components harmonizing in the meditation room of a traditional temple.
After immigrating to Vancouver, I was looking for a tranquil place to read. But this was hard to find. Most of the places were filled with the sounds of coffee grinders , espresso machines, and people speaking loudly. I needed a place to rest my soul with a cup of tea. I was looking for an oasis -- the meditation room at the mountain temple that lived in my memory.
I realized that we need a place to relax our body and soul. We need a teahouse that mimics the peacefulness of the temple with really great teas brewed in the proper method and with the proper teapots. Many coffee shops and even some tea houses serve teas using paper cups filled with hot water and a teabag. These poorly made teas without any devotion to tea brewing lack the quality I was looking for. I wanted to give people a new experience, showing them that tea can be tastier than coffee if it’s brewed with the right method using the right teapot. Tea is not just a product, but a small part of a unique and diverse culture. Tea has been used for thousands of years all over the globe in varying forms of tradition and in spiritual ceremonies. Tea cultures are treasures which are left to us by our ancestors. When we use these treasures in the proper way, we can benefit. You can make the best teas when you follow tea tradition. That’s why we provide not only quality teas but also a variety of traditional ritual teawares.