Thanks to Julian, who sent these poems commemorating the New Years Tea Gathering during the January Intensive at Green Gulch 2012.
Green dragon kettle rests in the sunken hearth gently steaming dominating the spare, elegant room of tatami, plaster, cedar, and bamboo the alcove with its scroll, flowers, and incense box And so we take tea slowly, carefully paying attention to motion, artifact, and flavor Thinking carefully before we speak The dragon's presence requires ours.
~~~~~~~~~~ Yu Jo (Friendship) ~~~~~~~~
Bamboo tea scoop The shape just so So precisely curved so thin so light so elegant almost not there at all
Participants in Green Gulch's annual January Intensive Retreat attended a New Years Tea Gathering on January 10. Thick tea and the traditional Urasenke New Years sweet - Hanabira Mochi - was served. See pictures in the Photo Album
The 7th annual Tea & Zen Seminar was held at Green Gulch from August 8 - 12, 2012. Participants came from Nova Scotia, New York, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Georgia, Texas, and Illinois, as well as California.
The teahouse finally has a nameboard. The name - Shugetsuan - Sowing the Moon (or Moon Seed) Hermitage - was given by Suzuki Hoitsu Roshi many years ago. Hoitsu Roshi calligraphed the name, and sculptor Takayuki Zoshi carved it on a board which had been prepared by Hiroshi Sakaguchi. The nameboard now sits below the teahouse roofline, overlooking the roji. Our deep thanks to the craftsmen, and especially to Hoitsu Roshi.