The Blue Masters of Tea

 

What is a Blue Master of Tea?

 

A Tea Lama, or Cha Lama, or Tea Monk, Tea Nun, or Tea Master or Master of Tea, or even GrandMaster of Tea... there are many names for practitioners of ChaDao.

 

Some of this is School Philosophies, so in Zen Buddhism you would have a Master or GrandMaster. While in Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal you would have a Cha Lama or Chai Lama in India whom would be a very rare monk or nun.

 

 

This strand of ChaDao is based in a multi-philosophical school so we have Lamas and Masters and monks, all of which are titles that can be held by male or females.

 

The Sangha, means the monastic community of Monks and Nuns in different Buddhist traditions each have different rules and ideas on their own schools. In ChaDao the distinction is made as a Robed or non-robed person.  All titles of ChaDao teachings below are open to everyone, although a robed approach is encouraged at more experienced levels such as Master or above.

 

 

We encourage the use of Lama or teacher, for they mean the same thing, for life long practitioners of ChaDao philosophy and bestow the title of Master to those who have mastered the art of tea. Newcomers are known apprentices or students depending on the nature of their philosophy.

 

There is no higher or lower title, only an advancement of the teachings. A junior learner of ChaDao has the capacity for uttering a profound teaching as much as a long term teacher. This could be due to their background, culture or intellect, but is more likely due to a “fresh pair of eyes” and a new perspective.

 

The following is our thoughts on the naming of a Master of Tea, based on consultation with the other 10 Schools of ChaDao around the world.

 

Student of ChaDao

Apprentice of ChaDao

Master of ChaDao / Master of Tea / Tea Master

Cha Lama, Teacher of ChaDao 

ChaDao GrandMaster

 

Student of ChaDao

A student of ChaDao is a person of any faith or no-faith whom wishes to learn the way of tea and its cultures for the ability to progress their own knowledge and share this with others.  It is a non robed role and open to everyone.

 

Apprentice of ChaDao

Someone who has decided to look at a ChaDao career or life in tea. The beginning of a robed roll. They will have an understanding of compassion, Buddhism, Tea and culture, and take a vow to pass this knowledge on to others as a teacher. They will be or have studied all forms of Tea Ceremony, Attained a GongFu Meditation state and have a basic training of KungFu and Chi philosophy.

 

Master of ChaDao / Master of Tea / Tea Master

A person whom can intelligently teach tea and it’s intricate knowledge to others. They will have adopted to a life in ChaDao and work to the betterment of all sentient beings actively.  Someone who has mastered all GongFu practices as well as many other ceremonial tea rituals across all schools of Buddhism.

 

Cha Lama, Teacher of ChaDao 

A master of tea who is respected as a great teacher of ChaDao. This person will usually be robed and able to discuss compassion, Dharma, Tea, Inclusion and ways of bringing people together in peace and love. A person who is consulted by students of all levels and other Masters. This role is appointed by a Council of Tea Masters and Lamas for this purpose.

 

ChaDao GrandMaster

A special appointment only given to those whom have delivered a great service as a Master and Lama. This is not a role which can be trained for but is rather appointed by totally and unanimous agreement by all Teachers of Tea and Masters at a special gathering. The person may be a robed or non robed Master.

 

Why do we wear blue? Traditionally Tea Masters have worn grey, brown, white, blue or black robes to separate themselves according to traditions of Sangha, however now ChaDao is being seen worldwide as a way to engage with friendships and compassion the Blue robes have become a unique colour of identification for ChaDao.