Ram Dass published Be Here Now in 1971, it turned
a whole generation of spiritual seekers on to the teachings of the East. The book is still as
widely read today as it was back then, and we consider it a must-read for anyone on
a quest for meaning. So imagine our delight when we found
out that Inner Ocean Publishing released Tea Here Now.
Much like Ram Dass’ yoga
bible, this book is fragranced with Eastern philosophy. You’ll
read about creating rituals in your daily life, about
using tea to live mindfully and consciously in the now, about
tea being "our bodhisattva." You’ll learn
about the "agony of the leaves." You’ll
hear about the Vietnamese taking boats out to ponds to place
tea leaves into lotus blossoms, and at dawn gathering the
lotus-infused tea to brew a fresh cup.
Tea Here Now will remind
you to start "being" rather than "doing"
and when doing, to practice the Confucian art of "li,"
or authentic action. This means acting based on your inner
voice rather than what may look good from the outside and
to others. And all these beautiful concepts center somehow
around the simple act of preparing and enjoying tea. If you
like things loud and fast, this isn’t for you. But if
you’re seeking a quiet corner in your life, this little
book is a charm.