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Kaddish by Leon Wieseltier

Kaddish by Leon Wieseltier

 ...some friends have opened a teahouse nearby...

The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura

The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura

...teaism is...

An interview  with Vikram Chandra

An interview with Vikram Chandra

...Vikram Chandra has discovered a wee bit of Bombay...


Kaddish

Kaddish by Leon Wieseltier

Author Leon Wieseltier mentions Teaism in his book Kaddish. The first chapter of his novel is available here.

"Some friends have opened a teahouse nearby. Now my mornings will be perfect: from the shul to the teahouse, where I will sit tranquilly upstairs, in the corner by the window, and hunt for the history of the mourner's kaddish. (Teaism, the place is called. I have always found poetry in abstract nouns. And a friend remarks: from theism to teaism.)"

 

The Book of Tea

The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura

The Book of Tea, by Kakuzo Okakura was originally published in 1906. It is an account of Japanese tea ceremony and philosophy. The complete text of the book is available.

"Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage.  In China, in the eighth century, it entered the realm of poetry as one of the polite amusements.  The fifteenth century saw Japan ennoble it into a religion of aestheticism--Teaism.  Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence.  It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order.  It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life."

 

An interview with Vikram Chandra

An interview  with Vikram Chandra

Teaism is the location of this interview with the novelist Vikram Chandra about his book Love and Longing in Bombay

"In the heart of Washington, novelist Vikram Chandra has discovered a wee bit of Bombay. The sounds and smells at Teaism, a bustling restaurant that serves up a mean cuppa chai and even lassi, evoke strong memories of a roadside teastall in Bombay."

 



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