4th "Ocha Zanmai": Tea Ceremony & Tea Culture Conference

Sunday, April 30, 2017


Humanities Auditorium (Humanities Building Room 133)
General $50~60, SFSU Students $20~30
College of Liberal & Creative Arts, Dilena Takeyama Center, etc.
Midori McKeon
(415) 338-1346


The 4th Ocha Zanmai: 2017 San Francisco International Conference on Chanoyu and Tea Culture Sunday, April 30, 2017 Conference: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Reception: 5:30-7:15 p.m. Theme: Chanoyu and Zen GUEST SPEAKERS Dr. Isao KUMAKURA, President, Japanese Society for Studies of CHANOYU Rev. Geppo KOBORI, Ryoukoin, Daitokuji, Kyoto, Japan Dr. Katsuhiro YOSHIZAWA, Professor Emeritus & Senior Adviser, International Research Institute for Zen Buddhism, Hanazono University HIGHLIGHTS: The 4th conference will focus on the spirituality of Chanoyu. (1) Zazen and Abbot's Talk We will start with morning zazen sessions led by Abbot Kobori from Ryoukoin, Daitokuji Temple from Kyoto. You may meditate seated comfortably in a chair or bring a cushion to sit cross-legged on the stage of the auditorium. The zazen will be followed by the abbot's talk. (2) Two Special Lectures and Three Presentations Dr. Katsuhiro Yoshizawa's Special Lecture, "Pleasure and Appreciation: Inscribed Paintings as Tea Scrolls" Dr. Isao Kumakura's Keynote Lecture, "Chanoyu and Zen" Dr. Janet Ikeda, Washington & Lee University, "One brushstroke: Sen Sotan and Zen" Ms. Lixia Dong, University of Arizona, "Chan, Poem and the Way of Tea: A Study of Jiaoran's Tea Poems" Ms. Sara Klingenstein, Harvard University, "As though parting from a loved one: practicing the sense of loss" (3) Ryurei Temae and Tea Service During the lunch recess, the members of Kanshinkai from Ryoukoin, Daitokuji, will demonstrate the ryurei-style thin tea (usucha) preparation and serve tea. Japanese sweets "Saiko" from Wakuden restaurant in Kyoto and tea "Daitsu-an" from Ryoukoin's tea jar will be served to all conference attendees, free of charge. This promises to be your once-in-a-life-time special tea. Please don't miss it! Please download the Program and the Registration Form from the CONFERENCE WEBSITE. Registration fees vary depending on the registration application date.


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