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History, Philosophy, and Rituals of Tea Ceremony: Integration of Tradition and Modernity  

Huiyi Kuang1 , Mengting Luo2 , Xuanjun Fang2
1 Chen’s School of Art & Design, Jiyang College of Zhejiang A&F University, Zhuji, 311800, China
2 Institute of Life Science, Jiyang College of Zhejiang A&F University, Zhuji, 311800, China
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Journal of Tea Science Research, 2023, Vol. 13, No. 4   doi: 10.5376/jtsr.2023.13.0004
Received: 01 Sep., 2023    Accepted: 12 Sep., 2023    Published: 21 Sep., 2023
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Kuang H.Y, Luo M.T., and Fang X.J., 2023, History, philosophy, and rituals of tea ceremony: integration of tradition and modernity, Journal of Tea Science Research, 13(4): 1-13 (doi: 10.5376/jtsr.2023.13.0004)


Traditional tea ceremony is a representative form of tea art performance deeply rooted in the history, philosophy, and rituals of tea culture. This study aimed to focus on the traditional characteristics of tea ceremony in terms of history, philosophy, and rituals, and to delve into its transformations and innovations in contemporary society, in order to explore the extent of the organic integration between traditional tea ceremony and the modern world. This research systematically reviewed the historical origins, philosophical ideas, and ritual heritage of tea ceremony, and through comparisons of tea ceremony development across different historical periods, it was uncover the evolutionary trajectory of tea ceremony influenced by cultural factors such as Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Additionally, it was examine the procedures of tea ceremony, the utilization of tea utensils and attire, as well as the philosophical meanings conveyed, including concepts of balance, nature, and meditation. Simultaneously, this study combined modern lifestyle patterns to gain an in-depth understanding of how traditional tea ceremony has evolved and innovated in the modern context, how it has integrated with contemporary life philosophies and creative cultures, and how it has employed modern approaches to attract increased attention. As a cultural treasure, traditional tea ceremony not only embodies the essence of tea culture but also encapsulates profound philosophical significance. The exploration undertaken in this research contributes to a deeper comprehension of the historical origins and traditional values of tea ceremony, thereby facilitating its transmission and promotion as a cultural heritage. Moreover, examining the changes and innovations of tea ceremony in contemporary society can reveal its potential for application in addressing modern needs and capturing the interest of the new generation.

Tea ceremony culture; Tea ceremony history; Tea ceremony philosophy; Tea ceremony ritual; Integration of tradition and modernity
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