预备的茶汤要刚刚好，比如1杓水是110cc, 总共四十人份即110cc x 40，得4400cc的基础份量上来准备,或可准备多500cc,以便后面那几杓容易盛取。
Format of the Five-sense Tea Gathering:
The five-sense Tea Gathering is an activity where we use our senses, namely hearing, sight, smell, touch and taste to experience the tea culture, concentrating on and relishing each moment. With heightened responsiveness, we will be able to appreciate the Way of Tea with inner tranquility.
The Five-sense Tea Gathering consists of 4 steps.
Step 1- Prelude: Hand Washing, Step 2-Entry: Scenting, Step 3-Half-Session: Refreshing, Step 4-Ending: Tea Appreciation.
Notes on the Format:
1. Hand Washing:
Participants line up to enter the venue at an agreed time. ‘Jasmine tea’ is prepared at the entrance where tea art masters scoop up the ‘tea infusion’ for participants to clean their hands. Participants then use the tissue paper to wipe dry their hands, after which the used tissue paper should be disposed at the wooden box.
- Each participant takes a white porcelain bowl and put a pinch of tealeaves into the bowl with three fingers. Bring the bowl to the faucet and fill it half full with hot water. Take a seat (free seating).
- After taking the seat, cup the bowl with both hands. Lower the head, keep your eyes and nostrils open, and let the ascending aroma and steam fills your eyes and nostrils. (For those wearing glasses, take them off first)
- Participants must keep silent throughout this step. After scenting, participants could take a few sips of the infusion before putting the bowls back.
- Each participant takes a white porcelain cup and put a pinch of tealeaves into the cup with two fingers. The tea brewer will pour in hot water to steep the tealeaves.
- The participant then adds two drops of soy sauce to the tealeaves. Take a toothpick and go back to the seat.
- Wait until the tealeaves have unfurled. Pick up the tealeaves with toothpick and bring them to the mouth. Chew slowly and swallow. Put the toothpick into the cup and put back the cup.
4. Tea Appreciation-Tea Art Demonstration:
- Participants take their seats.
- The tea art masters enter.
- When the tea art masters are seated, they will begin brewing tea with the “Modern Method for Brewing Tea”. Participants observe and appreciate the art of tea brewing.
- Tea art masters present the best brew and serve it to the participants.
- Participants receive the tea and begin appreciating it: 1. Close the eyes and appreciate the aroma, 2. Look at the tea infusion and appreciate the colour, 3. Sip slowly and let the tea stays in the mouth for a while, enjoying the tea fragrance.
- After 3 rounds of tea brewing, serving and appreciation, the assistants will collect the cups and pass them back to the tea art masters. The tea art masters put the tea cups back on the tea presentation setting.
- The tea art masters bow and leave.
- The tea brewing demonstration comes to an end.
The Concept of Five-sense Tea Gathering
1. Hand Washing:
a. Use a large glass bowl to showcase the golden tea infusion reserved for hand washing. The tea infusion is not just visually soothing but also brings about a sense of vitality.
b. The aesthetically pleasing sight is mood lifting. It helps calm the participants’ emotions and restlessness, to make sure they attend the tea gathering in good mood.
c. The tea aroma in the air is invigorating.
d. Let the tea infusion cool down before gently wetting the hands with it. The refreshing feel will run through the body and helps dissipate body heat.
e. The tea infusion helps wash away dirt and keep our hands clean for good hygiene.
a. Let the vapor of the warm tea moisturize your eyes to relieve tiredness and stress
b. Let the warm aroma of the tea infusion fill your nostrils, and penetrate and rejuvenate your body.
c. Keep silent throughout this step so that the eyes and nose are wholly occupied by the aromatic vapour.
d. In the midst of tranquility, the body will be totally relaxed and our energy increased.
e. When the ascending steam from the tea infusion has completely dispersed, take a few sips of the infusion to replenish the body’s water.
a. Pick up the moistened tealeaves with a bit of soy sauce with the toothpick. Put it in the mouth and chew slowly.
b. The bitter juice from the tender buds mingles with the soy sauce to offer layered flavor. It awakens our taste buds while bringing about a refreshing and delightful experience.
4. Tea Appreciation – Tea Art Demonstration:
a. Appreciate the tea presentation settings arranged by the tea art masters; understand the relationship between the tea utensils and the tealeaves.
b. Appreciate the art of brewing performed by the tea art masters; understand the different brewing methods for different types of tea.
c. Appreciate the work of tea produced by the tea art masters; understand the characteristics and styles of different types of tea.
5. Participants have to do their parts:
a. By getting the bowl and water, and returning it to the original place, a participant will be able to connect emotionally with the people and things around them.
b. This is a chance to be at ease with oneself. There is no need to be served or prompted. Take care of yourself well and life will be more enjoyable.
6. No emcee to facilitate the event flow:
a. Tea art masters will lead participants to the venue, demonstrate how to wash hands and proceed with scenting, etc, and the progress of the tea gathering; there is no need of an emcee.
b. Participants just need to observe and follow the person in front of him/she, with which a mutual understanding is generated. There is no unnecessary noise.
The practice of the Five-sense Tea Gathering:
1. Briefing before the start of the gathering:
15 minutes before the tea gathering begins, participants gather outside the venue for a briefing on the format and concept given by the tea art masters.
2. No music during the tea gathering:
a. The practice of tea gathering depends on the concentration of our senses, namely hearing, sight, smell, touch and taste. Participants may miss what is going on if they are distracted by the background music.
b. There is sound naturally occurring during the tea gathering, such as the sound of water and tea pouring, of tea utensils touching each other, footsteps of the participants, etc. Listen to these sounds with your heart, and you will be more involved in the tea activities going on, and enjoy a heightened experience of tea appreciation.
3. Tea infusion for Hand Washing:
The tea infusion should be prepared the same way as we normally would for tea brewing. One scoop of tea infusion for each participant will do.
Prepare just the right amount of tea infusion; for example, 1 scoop is equivalent to 110cc; for 40 participants, you will need 110cc x 40 = 4400cc. Prepare 500cc in addition to this quantity; this will make it easier to scoop up the tea at the bottom of the container.
4. Tissue paper for drying the hands:
On the basis of 1-2 pieces of tissue paper for each participant, prepare 80 pieces if there are 40 participants; do not just put a pile there. Place a box/container for the participants to discard the used paper; this will avoid the inconvenience of having to hold it in the hand.
5. Toothpick for picking up the tealeaves into the mouth:
Have one toothpick for each participant; prepare 40 toothpicks for 40 participants. Do not simply put some toothpicks randomly in a cup.
6. Tea presentation setting for Hand Washing, Scenting and Refreshing:
Have a clearance of at least 2 feet in between settings to avoid the place becoming too crowded. Keep different settings apart to ease the flow of participants. Arrange 2 to 3 tea presentation settings if there is a large number of participants.
7. Tealeaves Preparation for Scenting and Refreshing:
Normally, it will be 3 grams for each participant. Provision 4-5 grams for each person instead just in case some may have taken more. For 40 participants, prepare 200 grams of tealeaves. Do not pour out the tealeaves randomly from the tea caddies.
8. Requirement of the Tea Art Demonstration:
a. The tealeaves are to be chosen by the tea art masters for the Tea Art Demonstration.
b. The tea presentation setting is to be arranged according to the characteristics of tealeaves, and the objective to produce the best possible work of tea with the tealeaves.
c. The tea art masters will apply skilled and professional brewing method.
d. The amount of tealeaves, water temperature, and duration for brewing depend on the tealeaves in order to bring out their best.
e. This format of tea gathering enables the participants to enjoy the Way of Tea by appreciating the tea presentation settings, brewing technique, tea infusion, and the ritual of tea brewing, serving and appreciation conducted by the tea art masters.
9. Estimated timing for a Five-sense tea gathering (registration and queuing excluded), based on 30 participants:
1. Hand Washing: 20 minutes. 2. Scenting: 20 minutes. 3. Refreshing: 20 minutes. 4. Tea Art Demonstration: 40 minutes.