The Japanese tea ceremony truly began in the 16th century. When a tea master, Sen Rikyu gave his explanation of "Chado" or the "Way of Tea." Rikyu believed that to fully understand the true meaning of a tea ceremony, you must follow specific rules. After years of practicing and mastering the tea ceremony, Rikyu said there are 7 rules that everyone must do to master the art of the "Way of Tea".
When Rikyu first gave his 7 rules of the Japanese tea ceremony, the students were not to happy. Everyone understood these 7 rules were obvious in the natural steps of a tea ceremony. Rikyu replied by saying "Anyone who can carry all of the rules without failing, I will become their disciple."
Rikyu created 4 principles of the Japanese tea ceremony. He said to master these 7 steps above, follow these 4 principles:
A feeling of closeness with nature and people.
A feeling of thankfulness to everyone and everything around them.
A physical and spiritual sense of cleanliness and orderliness.
A feeling of "silence" that can be obtained by studying Tea, if you have reached the previous stages of Harmony, Respect, and Purity.
The "Way of Tea" is not about the tea itself but about everything around you is perfect. Rikyu believed that if you mastered the "Way of Tea" then you are connected with everything around you in your daily life. He also says, mastering these steps take years of practice and mental growth. Rikyu 7 rules, leads up to this; The perfect tea must capture the "flavor" of the moment, the spirit, the occasion, of the time and place. Rikyu believes this is a special bond that is shared with only the guests inside the tea room.
Before a lesson takes place, the tea master must do a variety of duties:
Step by step guide from the Tea Master's point of view