The essence of the Wistaria Way of Tea is nourished and enriched by the spirit of Taoism and East Asian aesthetics. It seeks to express profundity within the ordinary, authenticity within humble simplicity. The principles of Rightness, Quietness, Purity, and Roundness lead to the unity of humanity and the natural world, and the solicitude therein. These principles emphasize that through tea, we can cultivate our body and mind, as well as realize the harmony between ourselves and the objects of our physical environment, thereby entering a state wherein a dialogue between the poles of matter and spirit, form and emptiness, give rise to understanding and appreciation.



Take, for example, the considerations informing the cultivation of a tea space: the careful selection of tea leaves and teaware, the floral arrangement, the integration of cultural activities and exhibitions into this space. Every facet revolves around and unfolds with this cultural impetus in mind. In effect, a tea space is the native land of contemplative thought, the abode of inspiration, whose tranquility can be experienced through tea. A bowl of tea, then, offers a glimpse of the natural essences of mountains and rivers, a sensation of inner peace, and an awareness of the boundless creative possibilities therein.