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  The Zen Master Hoshin lived in China many years. Then he returned to the northeastern part of Japan, where he taught his disciples. When he was getting very old, he told them a story he had heard in China. This is the story: One year on... continue...

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The majority of the following books are from the library of Chon Tri. Many of the summaries and in his own words. If you wish to purchase the book, click on the cover image and you will be linked to Amazon.com.
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buy this book 21. CHADO: TEA BASICS: A QUICK AND EASY GUIDE
by Wendy Rasmussen, Rick Rhinehart
Publisher: Wiley (ISBN #: 0471185183, Paperback: 208 pages , November 1998)
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Civilized, soothing, delicious, and relaxing . . . tea offers an ideal refuge from the fast pace and stressful demands of life today. But with the astonishing array of teas currently available, how do you find a cup you can really call your own?
Start with Tea Basics. This handy reference covers all of the essentials of tea buying, brewing, and tasting, and explores the comforts of ritual and healing that tea has provided through the centuries. As you sip and savor the wonderful flavors of black teas, green teas, oolongs, and scented/herbal teas, you'll understand why tea is consumed by more people worldwide than any other drink except water. So put the kettle on, put your feet up, and immerse yourself in Tea Basics! Inside you'll find:
* Tea facts: its origins, history, and many varieties
* Guidance on selection, blending, brewing, tasting, and storage.
* Tips on tea etiquette
* A tea-tasting glossary
* Select sources of tea and related equipment

buy this book 22. CHADO: TEA LIFE, TEA MIND
by Soshitsu Sen IV
Publisher: Weatherhill; 1st ed edition (ISBN #: 0834801426, Paperback: 96 pages, November 1990)
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Gentle, July 11, 2000
Reviewer: kennedy19 "kennedy19" (wakefield, MA, USA)

A Japanese tea master discusses his art, and throws in a few anecdotes of his own life and stories about famous tea masters from the past. Overall, this is a wonderful introduction to the spirit behind the tea ceremony, which as just as important as the particulars of the process itself. The author's warmth and sincere goodwill come through nicely in this slim, peaceful volume.

buy this book 23. CHADO: TEA OF THE SAGES: THE ART OF SENCHA
by Patricia J. Graham
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press (ISBN #: 0824820878, Paperback: 259 pages, March 1999)
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The Japanese tea ceremony is generally identified with chanoyu and its bowls of whipped, powdered green tea served in surroundings influenced by the tenets of Zen Buddhism. Tea of the Sages is the first English-language study of the alternate tea tradition of sencha. At sencha tea gatherings, steeped green leaf tea is prepared in an atmosphere indebted to the humanistic values of the Chinese sages and the materialistic culture of elite Chinese society during the Ming and Qing dynasties. This exceptionally well-illustrated volume explores sencha's philosophy and arts from the seventeenth century to the present.

buy this book 24. CHADO: THE BOOK OF GREEN TEA
by Christine Dattner, Sophie Boussabba
Publisher: Universe (ISBN #: 0789308533, Paperback: 160 pages , May 2003)
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"I had a bowl of tea in my hands.
In its green color I can see all of nature.
I close my eyes to contemplate the hills
and the pure water running in my heart."
--Sen Soshitsu

FROM THE PUBLISHER
From the Japanese Gyokuro to the superb Chinese green teas, to the blue-green teas of Darjeeling, The Book of Green Tea takes you on a voyage full of delicate aromas to the most beautiful plantations of green tea in the world. Known for centuries in Asia, the restorative qualities of green tea are now being recognized in the West, by both the medical establishment and cosmetics companies. Green tea is being used for both health and beauty products, Ilustrated in the pages of this book. Includes more than thirty original recipes by chefs from around the world -- from Massimo Mori's risotto and Robert Linxe's chocolates, to green tea lobster, sorbet, and cocktails.

buy this book 25. CHADO: THE BOOK OF GREEN TEA
by Diana Rosen
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (ISBN #: 1580170900, Paperback: 160 pages , January 1998)
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Everything you ever wanted to know about green tea! This fun and informative book explains every aspect of green tea: where it grows, how it's processed, its history and lore, how to drink and cook with it, and how to use it for beauty and health purposes.

From the Back Cover
Experience Therapy in a Cup

Enhance your life with the great versatility and healthful benefits of this tea of the ancients. From bath salts to ice cream, this traditional Asian beverage can be used in dozens of ways to relax the mind, strengthen the body, and soothe the soul. In The Book of Green Tea, you'll discover:
* How to blend, brew, and appreciate more than 120 varieties of green tea
* Up-to-date information on the health benefits of drinking green tea
* Recipes for cooking with green tea and making green tea bodycare products
* Rich green tea history, poetry, lore, and traditions from around the world

buy this book 26. CHADO: THE BOOK OF TEA
by Kakuzo Okakura
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated (ISBN #: 0486200701, Paperback, 65 pp, June 1972)
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Minor classic of the Orient. Perhaps the most entertaining, most charming explanation and interpretation of traditional Japanese culture in terms of the tea ceremony. Introduction, notes by E. F. Bleiler. "Provocative and entertaining, this edition is particularly pleasing in format."—Guide to Asia..."
From The Critics
Kakuzo was a leading figure in Japanese art and culture at the end of the 19th century, and this book, first published in 1906, is a classic treatise explicating the philosophical nuances of tea and the tea ceremony in Japanese culture. This edition contains an introduction by Liza Dalby who was the first American trained as a Geisha in the 1970s, and elegant photos by Daniel Proctor. (booknews.com)

buy this book 27. CHADO: THE BOOK OF TEA, REVISED & UPDATED EDITION
by Alain Stella, et al.
Publisher: Flammarion (ISBN #: 208030478X, Hardcover: 200 pages , March 2005)
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Tea is a beverage with roots all over the globe, from English tearooms to the mountains of Tibet. This exquisitely illustrated volume leads readers on an investigation of the many faces of tea: a mythic plant, a ceremony, the cause of wars (remember the Boston Tea Party), and ultimately one of the world's favorite beverages. The Book of Tea provides a comprehensive history and background of the beloved ritual of tea, providing photographed accounts of tea farming, tea barons and, teatime, and capturing the various tastes and nuances of teas from around the world.
This book, based on the original Flammarion title The Book of Tea, is now edited and brought up to date.
This book acts as both a guide to the appreciation of tea and a travel guide to the regions responsible for the production of tea, including Asia, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. Anyone who loves tea will be delighted by the chance to delve into the magnificent photography and descriptive writing of The Book of Tea.

buy this book 28. CHADO: THE CHINESE ART OF TEA
by John Blofeld
Publisher: Shambhala (ISBN #: 1570622795, Paperback: 224 pages, February 1997)
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Lao's review, February 23, 2001
Reviewer: "hdaveno" (Shoreline WA)

Includes history, poems and treatises about tea, tea houses, ceremonies, brewing, cups and vessels, varieties, and the effect that tea has on the physical health and psyche. Everything you need to know about Chinese teas is contained in this book. A very welcome addition to anyone's culinary library!

buy this book 29. CHADO: THE CLASSIC OF TEA
by Lu Yu, Francis R. Carpenter (translator)
Publisher: Ecco Press; Reissue edition (ISBN #: 0880014164, Hardcover: 188 pages , October 1995)
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Written in the eighth century, this fascinating book looks at the intricacies involved in brewing tea, describing precisely how the perfect tea should be made: from the size of the water gatherer to the height from which water is boiled above the fire. Beautiful line drawings show the various components that go into the making of perfect tea.

buy this book 30. CHADO: THE GREEN TEA BOOK: CHINA'S FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by Lester A. Mitscher, Victoria Dolby
Publisher: Avery (ISBN #: 0895298074, Paperback, 186 pages, September 1997)
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"...a timely book focusing on the benefits of green tea such as its anti-aging and healing properties...also covers scientific research and history."

FROM THE PUBLISHER
Naturally occurring chemical compounds called polyphenols - found in abundance in green tea - have been found to be among the most effective of the antioxidants. And it is this important group of phytochemicals that has been identified as contributing to the prevention of cancer and heart disease, as well as having a wide variety of other healing abilities. Here, in The Green Tea Book, is a clear guide to understanding why green tea works, and how you can use it for both good health and great taste. The Green Tea Book begins by exploring the scientific research that supports this beverage's properties. It then focuses on green tea's long and rich history, from its centuries-old place of honor in Asian cultures to its growing use in the West. The book goes on to examine the individual benefits green tea offers - its use as an antioxidant in the prevention of cancer, heart disease, and stroke; its ability to promote longevity; its use as a digestive aid; its many benefits to women's health; and its role in fighting cavities and gingivitis. It even provides a practical section on choosing, brewing, and storing teas year-round.

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