The Empty Vessel
Cha Dao is not only a wonderful book on tea, its history, and the joy of appreciating its warmth, aroma, and its many flavours, but is also an excellent primer on Daoist thinking and living. I loved this book. It informed me about tea and the customs surrounding it, lifted my spirit, and sharpened my mind. For those who enjoy tea, it deserves a place on your bookshelf.
Margaret Thornby's tea & tea room talk
There is a wealth of discovery in this small book; the understanding of ancient philosophy and the place for tea in this ideology. It is a book to dip into over time; a book to seek new learning and different ways of thinking or being.
This book interweaves the simple pleasure of drining tea with the Way of Dao, the ancient Chinese philosophy... Sitting down and enjoying a cup pf tea is one of life's simple pleasures, and this book has given me even more reasons to reach for the teapot.
Approaches the heavenly drink not from the point of view of a nutritionist, purveyor or aficionado, but from a cultural and philosophical perspective. Towler is an instructor of Daoist meditation and qigong living ni Eugene, Oregon, and has for many hears been the editor of the Daoist journal The Empty Vessel. As a consequence of the author's particular interests, this book is about "the art and practice of drinking tea." In short, it has as much to do with the tea drinker as it does with the tea... Solala Towler has given us 169 pages of ruminations, citations, exotic stories, and thought provoking references.
Dojo Rat Blog
Solala Towler describes the various tea ceremonies, types of tea and medicinal benefits of tea. It's a fun romp of a read, not too heavy, saturated with history and philosophy, and of course, Tea.