Zen words sum up the beauty of Oriental poetry

Zen words are words that are considered important in the Zen sect of Buddhism.
Zen words can be excerpts from Zen Buddhist scriptures or even quotations from Chinese poetry.
Zen words have been given great importance in the world of the tea ceremony.
Zen words are frequently written on hanging scrolls in the tea room.
Kanji characters are hieroglyphs, which have a history of being made in the shape of objects.
This is the reason why, when the Chinese character for “moon” is written in kanji, we Japanese and other people in kanji culture can easily imagine the beautiful scene of the moon.
Thus, for example, if the Zen term “snow, moon, and flowers” is written on a hanging scroll in a tea room, we not only understand that there is snow, moon, and flowers, but we can also picture a scene in which snow is falling, the moon is shining in mysterious ways, and flowers are blooming beautifully. To take it a step further, in the tea room, the tea master and the guest can enjoy tea together under the scenery of snow, moon, and flowers.

Let me introduce a few Zen words.

「茶禅一味」

This word reads “Cha-zen-ichimi”.
This word means that the teachings of the tea ceremony and the teachings of the Zen sect of Buddhism have something in common.

「和敬清寂」

This word has a very important meaning in the Japanese tea ceremony.
It is often used in the hanging scrolls that hang in tea rooms.
It means that the master and the guest should be open to each other, and that the tea utensils should be cared for in a pure and reverent manner.

「吾心似秋月」

These words are an excerpt from a poem by a poet named Kanzan(寒山).
These words mean that one’s heart is as pure and clear as the autumn moon.
In the Japanese tea ceremony, a hanging scroll with these words is often hung in the alcove around autumn.

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