This class is an exploration of tea and mindfulness. We will learn about and taste different categories of tea, specifically studying what tea actually is; the history of its production and distribution; the effect of different regions, soil, air quality, and processing on the tea; the connection between tea and nature; and the processes like oxidation, fermentation, and pan frying. Furthermore, students will learn how to make tea, using different tea vessels and tea steeping methods. Finally, this class will also ask students to be mindful while drinking tea, emphasizing the ways mindfulness can change the experience of drinking tea, and the historical relationship between Chan Buddhism and tea. Students will do Chan meditation, relaxation techniques, and Chan exercises, as this class teaches how Chan relates to our daily lives and can be practiced in every moment.
Attendance is mandatory—1 excused absence & 1 unexcused absence is allowed. If you miss class for the 3rd time, you must make up the absence by going to one of Universal Chan’s meditation classes. If you do not make up your 3rd absence or you miss more than 3 classes, you will receive a No Pass.
In terms of workload, there will be two written assignments (2 pages) and one reflection at the end of the course. You'll be required to steep your own tea and drink it during each class. We ask that students purchase a gongfu teapot, gongfu tea cup, whole leaf tea (preferably not tea bags), and a thermos of hot water to use for class. You can purchase something that's simple and inexpensive. We will also send resources where you can purchase these items from!
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|Section 1||Melody Chen, Jennifer Song, and Aastha Upadhyay||100||Zoom||[Tu] 6:00PM-8:00PM||02/02/2021||Full||--||--|
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