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The Interdependence of Spirit and Vessels in Tea Culture

TIAN Zhen;WANG Yi-jing;YU Ze-nan;Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics;University of the Arts London;  
Chinese tea culture experienced a long gestation from the Shen Nong to the Sui Dynasty. In mid Tang Dynasty, it had been established and gradually matured. Lu Yu in Tang Dynasty proposed the thought and conduct of appreciating tea. Jiao Ran first proposed the "tea ceremony" as the integration of religious practice and tea drinking, namely, practicing the doctrines while drinking tea. Owing to the advocating and promotion of practitioners as well as men of letters in Tang dynasty, Chinese tea culture had been featured by the metaphysical Taoism on the one hand, and the physical tool on the other. With the development of history, Chinese tea culture has grown into an integrity entailing both the spirit of humanity and the aesthetic value. By analyzing the cultural gene of tea, the philosophy feature of Taoism, and looking through Utensils from an aesthetic aspect, this paper indicated the mutual interdependence of Taoism and Utensils.
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