The instructions for guests are:
1. Please sit in the cube
2. Enjoy tea in silence
3. Please leave the cube
If you wish, please make a donation.
All donations collected helped fund my artist residency in Iceland.
'Takuhatsu' literally means 'relying on the bowl' and refers to the buddhist practice of begging for alms.
I am choosing to beg as a 'tea komusō'. Komusō 虚無僧 = ‘monk of nothingness’.
Komusō are monks characterised by the straw basket worn on the head, representing the absence of a specific ego. Their Zen practice is to wander about playing solo pieces on the shakuhachi (bamboo flute) while begging for money and food.
Instead of shakuhachi, blowing zen, I am practicing tea which is everyday, living zen.
Each Wednesday night at Blenders Lane Artists Market I set up quiet space for tea framed by two cubes; one for me and one for anyone who cared to partake of tea and delight in silence and reflect on their buddha nature.
Full explanation with photos:
Music 'The Dead Past" by Lee Rosevere from the album Asimov (music inspired by the writings of)