“Shaolin Chan Tea, China Tea-Butterfly”—Songshan Tea Party is Held in Shaolin Temple

发布日期:2019-01-15   字体大小:   

On January 13, 2019, during the traditional Chinese festival—Laba Festival, “Shaolin Chan Tea, China Tea-Butterfly”—Songshan Tea party was held in Shaolin Temple. The tea party was hosted by Shaolin Temple, Henan Shaolin Intangible Assets Management Co. Ltd. and Fujian Tea Import and Export Co. Ltd., co-sponsored by Henan Fan Ru Tang Culture Communication Co. Ltd., and supported by China International Tea Culture Institute and Chinese Teaman Friendship Association.

Monastic Manager of Shaolin Temple Master Yanbin and Master Yanchong, abbot of Shaolin Temple’s Second-Master Nunnery, manager of Shaolin Temple’s Sutra-keeping Pavilion Master Yanzhi, vice president of China International Tea Culture Institute Sun Zhonghuan, director of the Expert Committee of China Tea Marketing Association Zhangshikang, Chinese Arts and Crafts master Wang Guanjun, national intangible cultural heritage successor Li Jingzhou, president of Henan Arts & Crafts Association and master of China Ceramic Arts Liu Zhijun, deputy general manager of China Tea Corp., and general manager of Fujian Tea Import and Export Co. Ltd. Wei Saiming and others attended the tea party.

At the tea party, Master Yanchong shared Chan tea culture with the public. “Chan” is a lifestyle that people practice the ability of thinking and produce wisdom, and is also a philosophy. Emperor Yao, one of the legendary Five Emperors, is the first person from ancient times who originally suggested Buddhist service. Emperor Yao is the originator and founder of Chan Buddhist service. Shen Nong, also called Emperor Yan, is one of the legendary ancestors of the Chinese nation. The Historical Records says, “There has been medicine originally since Shen Nong tasted hundreds of herbs”, “Shen Nong got poisoned by seventy-two poisons, and was detoxicated by tea”. Shaolin Temple was honored as “the first temple in China”. The essence of Shaolin culture—“Chan(meditation), Wu(martial arts) and Yi(medicine)” were recognized as “Shaolin Temple’s three gems” which has a long history and is an important part of traditional Chinese culture.

Deputy general-manager of China Tea Corp. and general manager of Fujian Tea Import and Export Co. Ltd. Wei Saiming delivered a speech at the tea party ceremony. He expressed today was a special day that is not only the “Laba Festival”—the day Buddha attained enlightenment, but also a day of gathering for tea lovers. Chan and tea mix together while the history and culture come down in one continuous line. So the Songshan tea party has a special significance. It was hoped that there will be able to cooperate with Shaolin Temple to take a combination of tea culture, Chan culture and Shaolin culture and carry forward the traditional Chinese culture jointly.

Abbot of Shaolin Temple Shi Yongxin has always focused on the progress of communication and development of international tea industry. On the afternoon of January 12, Shi Yongxin talked with tea experts and introduced the development of international tea culture and its origin relations with Shaolin Temple, referring that Shaolin Temple had put forward the concept of “Chan tea” in 1980s. It was hoped that taking the product as carrier to better explain Chan tea culture.

At the tea party, China Tea Corp., Fujian province combining white tea with Chan, launched a white tea cake called “Chan-White grass”. Mr. Li Jianqiang, a professional painter from Henan Painting and Calligraphy Academy and an artist at the national level, wielded his writing brush to write the three Chinese character “Chan-White grass” and showed people the precious works that integrated with Chan tea culture, fulfilling significances of marking and collecting—the white tea cake called “Chan-White grass”.

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