Entry level Chan Tea class will be held on Aug. 17th in Chaozhou

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On Aug. 17th to 20th, entry level Chan Tea class will be held in Chaozhou (aka Teochew) - the hometown of Gongfu tea. Let’s experience the ancient Chaozhou culture together.  Han Yu is well known as a great Chinese writer and poet. He is one of the Eight Masters of the Tang and Song.  His life was inextricably bound up with the history of this greatest cultural town.
Chaozhou culture has a history over two thousand and two hundred years. It is one of the branches of Han Chinese.  It has been developed by merging and absorbing the essences of ancient Nanyue culture, Zhongyuan culture, and foreign culture. The culture is shared by all Chaozhou people all over the world. This prestigious culture manifests its unique characteristics in Gongfu tea, language, opera, music, cuisine, craft, wood carving, embroidery, and percussion.
The Chan Tea class which will be held in Phoenix Mountain not only offer the learning of Chan Tea, but also the learning of Chaozhou NRK pot and Feng Huang Dan Cong oolong tea. Students will also experience the rich historical culture of Paifang Street (Memorial Arch Street).


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Strolling on stone stairs of misty Wu Dong Mountain, feel the breeze and drizzle. Sense the vividness and freshness of the mountain. Taste the spring and feel the mountain by your heart, then you will understand why the unique features of a local environment always give special characteristics to its inhabitants.
Stepping on Guangji Bridge, learn the wisdom of our ancestors to accommodate the traffic of pedestrians and boats simultaneously on the river in ancient time.  
Looking at the torrential water of Han River, praise Master Han Yu’s accomplishments: drove crocodiles away and promoted education.  Infused with Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism, Chaozhou culture is flourishing.

Enter a teahouse, sit down on a bamboo chair, boil water with olive-shape charcoal quietly, cool yourself down with handheld white feather fan, and take a sip of Feng Huang Dan Cong oolong tea. All worries disappear.      

Follow the steps of Chan Tea, come to Chaozhou. Let’s experience the culture together.      

Chaozhou, an ancient city. It carries over a thousand years old prestigious culture. It is a city of museums.



Chaozhou Gongfu Tea

Chaozhou Gongfu Tea is one of folk cultures in Chaozhou. It represents that Chaozhou people are civilized and living graceful life. Originated in Guangzhou during Song Dynasty,  Gongfu Tea was very popular in Chaoshan area of Guangzhou, as well as Zhangzhou and Quanzhou of Fujian. Inheriting the tea culture from Tang and Song Dynasties, Chaozhou Gongfu tea evolved into a unique characteristic of Chaozhou culture.  Master Su Zhe says:  One could find the finest tea in Fujian, since people try their best to make good tea no matter who laborious it is.

    那何谓“工夫”呢?一般有四解:工程和劳力;素养;造诣,成就的程度;空闲时间。“功夫”与烹茶方法联袂, 称“工夫茶”。
What does Gongfu mean?  It means: labor, knowledge, attainments and spear time. Gongfu, together with tea brewing techniques are called Gongfu tea.

The tea used in Chaozhou Gongfu tea is, of course, the Feng Huang Dan Cong oolong tea.  It is grown in Wu Dong mountain which is 1325 meters. This misty mountain has mild and humid climate with plenty of rain.  It is the best place to grow this kind of tea.

The Phoenix Tianchi locates on the top of Wu Dong Mountian. It is known as the most beautiful lake in South China. The views of sunset, the sea of clouds, the mountain and the blue sky are extraordinary and spectacular here.



Chaozhou Paifang(Memorial Arch)

Chaoyin: Chaozhou dialect, is an ancient Chinese language. It has its own dictionary。

Chaoju: Chaozhou opera, is a traditional opera which performed in Chaozhou dialect

Chaowei: Chaozhou snack:  Food cooked in different ways.  (steam, fry, bake and deep fly). Smell good and very tasty.

Chaoshui: Han River, named after Han Yu. The story of Han Yu drove crocodiles away happened here.

Chaofeng: Paifang Street (Memorial Arch Street). Because of Han Yu, the whole area started to promoted education. Every Paifang carries its own history. Kaiyuan Monastery, Guanji Bridge, Laoye Temple all locate here.

This ancient city was built at the beginning of Han Dynasty. So many years passed and people are still enjoying their life here. Walking on the street, it is hard to distinguish if we live in the past or present. The crowds in Paifang Street, the residents in ancient buildings. At the next corner, you might step in all kinds of museums, step in the two thousand years old stories.



Chan Tea Class - entry level class in Chaozhou, Guangdong.

Time: Aug 17th - Aug 19th (Sign in: Aug.16th.  Class will end at 14:30 of Aug.19th; Visit Chaozhou Paifang street, Guangji Bridge, etc. on Aug 20th.)

Place: Chaozhou, Guangdong

Fees and Registration

1 费   用 Fees

1.新学员A: (New student, plan A)

1人报名:3398元(包括茶具、竹桌、汉服、、禅垫、腿套等全套禅茶物资;含行政费)物资归属个人,课程结束后带走物资。今后参加后续禅修茶道课程,每次只需缴纳480元行政费。( 中级讲习班和高级讲习班除外)
Register for one person: RMB 3398 (including: tea sets and tools, tea table, Hanfu (Han Chinese clothing), meditation cushion, leg cover; administrative expense)
All items above belong to students and need to be taken by them after the completion of the course. For Plan A students, sign up for additional classes in future will only be charge for an administrative expense of RMB 480 per class (This does not apply to medium or senior level class).

2人同行:3398元/人,奖励后期课程一个名额含行政费480元。( 中级讲习班和高级讲习班除外)
Register for two persons: RMB 3398/person. Bonus: sign up for one additional class for one person, free of charge. (This does not apply to medium or senior level class)

Register for 10 or more person: RMB 3398/person. Bonus: One free plan B seat.                                                                                                              

New student, plan B:
RMB 1800/person. (Need to borrow all materials, administrative expense included)
Do not purchase any materials, return them after the completion of the class. For Plan B students, sign up for additional classes in future need to charge a fee of RMB 1800.

Withdraw: ( The registration is transferable)

Please give at least one-week advanced notice if you could not make it.  You could choose to transfer the registration to someone else or withdraw. If you chose to withdraw, the fee is RMB 300 to cover the preparation expense:  e.g. shipping cost, etc.  and we will return you the rest.

The students could transfer from Plan B to Plan A before the completion of the whole 3-day class.

Notes: The fee includes snacks during tea breaks.  It does not include the transportation, lodging and meals.
Shared charter bus for local transportation and meals: RMB 458 /person.  
Lodging: RMB 298/day (room with two beds). Please make advanced reservation.

Gentle reminder:


Please note the available rooms are limited.  Please make the reservation as soon as possible.
We will send the lodging and transportation information in WeChat before the class, please pay attention to them.


2 报 名
2. Registration

    实名制报名,往期学员可参加各大城市禅茶心苑的复训、共修、雅集、展演等活动。 也可根据之前所学参加禅修茶道其他阶段的课程(初级增益班,初级三日禅,中级班,高级班等)。报名从速,额满即止,谢绝空降。
To register, you have to use your legal name. Previous students could attend all activities (group practice, outdoor activities, performance, etc.) held by Chan Tea local office in each city. They also could attend other available Chan Tea classes depending on their previous learning. ( advanced level, three-day Chan, median level and senior level class). Please register in advance. No onsite registration available.

159 1540 8859  丹女士
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Comprehend the essence of Chan through tea making, practice Chan Tea to find your true self. The Abbot of the Boshan Zhengjue Monastery, Ven. Master Renda is the 46th generation successor of Linji Faction, Chan Sect.  Inherited the cultivation method of Chan Sect. and the culture of Chan and Tea, followed the pure Rules of Beiyong and the Pure Rules of Baizhang, he explored and compiled the unique method of “Chan and Tea”. To facilitate the propagating of Chan Tea, he composed twelve Chan Tea poems and Three-Character Canon of Chan Tea. They elaborate the cultivation method and key point of each step as well as introduce the traditional culture of Chan and Tea.

The twelve steps of Chan Tea

燃灯焚香 参禅咏茶、

(Lighting Incense - Praise to Tea)
煮水候汤 法海潮音、

(Boiling Water - Listen to the Echoing Sound of Dharma)
洗杯烫盏 荡涤尘垢、

(Cleaning Teacups - Remove the Dust in the Mind)
赏茶投茶 拈花一笑、

(Appreciating the Tea Leaves - as much as Kashyapa Appreciating the Flower)

观色闻香 色香密圆、

(Watching and Smelling the Tea - Reveal the Dharma nature)
冲水洗茶 放下桎梏、

(Washing Tea Leaves with Hot Water – Let Go of All Shackles )
静心泡茶 涵盖乾坤、

(Making Tea – Small Teapot Contains the Whole Universe)
随缘分茶 分享慈悲、

(Sharing Tea - the Spirit of Compassion)
香凝茗露 普皆供养、

(Offering Tea – to the Three Jewels and All Sentient Beings)
小酌慢饮 品味参禅、

(Savoring the Tea – Contemplating Chan
谢茶相约 善缘绵长、

(Expressing gratitude and Looking Forward to Next Time - May the friendship last forever)
禅茶一味 法性一如。

(One Taste of Chan and Tea,  One Suchness of All Dharmas)


Each student will receive a full set of tools for Tea ceremony, a tea table, Hanfu (Han Chinese clothing), meditation cushion and leg cover. During the three-day class, we will lecture on the mind cultivation of Chan Tea, walking meditation, twelve steps of Chan Tea, movements according to music as well as taste tea and mind.

Chan Tea classes consist of a series of step-by-step classes and have to be learned by following order: entry level, advanced level, three-day Chan, medium level, and senior level class.  This announcement is about the entry level class in Chaozhou. All items purchased in entry level class will be used in all other classes.

For information on all other classes, please pay attention to our website and WeChat for Chan Tea.

The Aims of Chan Tea


Propagate excellent Chinese traditional Chan Tea Culture

Reveal sincere kind and refined art

Enhance solemn graceful and elegant qualities

Improve people’s morality, integrity and civilization

Chan Tea slows you down to enjoy the healthier and happier life:  No matter you are in noisy metropolis or living fast-paced life, a 30 mins of Chan Tea practice will refresh and relax your mind and body.  With a small quiet space, a lively plant, a lovely flower, a piece of Chan music, it transfers you to an elegant tearoom or a quiet Chan med


Chan Tea


The art of awareness

The meditation in daily life

Listen to music and savor the tea

Increase the knowledge and improve the self-cultivation

Feel eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind

Experience form, sound, smell, taste, touch and dharma.

In Chan Tea, we start to sit down, be relaxed, and let go all worries.
In Chan Tea, we learn to be quiet, focus on our minds, and find true self-nature.
In Chan Tea, we start to settle down, be simple and natural, and experience our life.
In Chan Tea, we learn to slow down, be calm, and love the life
The healthy, happy and harmonious family starts from slowing down, from Chan Tea.



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